noun Law.

the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.

Origin of curtilage

1250–1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage, equivalent to cortil yard (cort court + -il diminutive suffix) + -age -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the enclosed area of land adjacent to a dwelling house

Word Origin for curtilage

C14: from Old French cortillage, from cortil a little yard, from cort court
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Word Origin and History for curtilage

early 14c., from Anglo-French curtilage, from Old French cortil "little court, walled garden, yard," from Medieval Latin cortile "court, yard," from Latin cortis (see court (n.)).

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