curtilage

[ kur-tl-ij ]
/ ˈkɜr tl ɪdʒ /

noun Law.

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

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Origin of curtilage

1250–1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage, equivalent to cortil yard (cort court + -il diminutive suffix) + -age -age

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British Dictionary definitions for curtilage

curtilage
/ (ˈkɜːtɪlɪdʒ) /

noun

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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