One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural cortili, Plural cortiles
(in Italy) an enclosed area, typically roofless and arcaded, within or attached to a building.
- ‘In the center of the tents, where ground has been set aside in the snow for a cortile, those not on duty huddle round with our letters from Italy.’
- ‘The precious fragments were taken first to his villa, but soon given to the Roman people and transferred to the cortile of the Palazzo dei Conservatori.’
- ‘Inside the buildings, slender supporting columns under canopies of steel tubing recover for him the primeval notion of sheltering trees, and a full-scale mock-up in the cortile gives the impression of a delicate forest.’
- ‘The significance of this unusually shaped cortile, heretofore not fully understood, is the topic of this article.’
Italian, derivative of corte ‘court’.
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