Definition of courtyard in English:



  • An unroofed area that is completely or partially enclosed by walls or buildings, typically one forming part of a castle or large house.

    • ‘The wall contains three courtyards, of which the centre one is for the public.’
    • ‘The garden, reflecting the Elizabethan fashion, has four courtyards enclosed by high sandstone walls.’
    • ‘They are generally surrounded by courtyards enclosed by walls or fences for privacy.’
    • ‘Outside she sat at one of the high tables that were set up along the back courtyards walls, shaded by a flowering tree.’
    • ‘The house is a sequence of spaces with exterior courtyards and interior spaces woven together.’
    • ‘The long thin office wings enclose two hermetic internal courtyards or patios.’
    • ‘In much of the country, traditional houses are rectangular and have courtyards enclosed by high walls.’
    • ‘A terrace, or block of flats, or subdivided larger houses, or building cloisters and courtyards or whatever.’
    • ‘Prowling the halls and courtyards of the castle are legions of unholy creatures.’
    • ‘The resulting plan form includes a central hub, radial wings and segmental courtyards.’
    • ‘Our meeting with the King was then adjourned, and we went to the courtyards of the castle.’
    • ‘It offers enclosed courtyards, with high cell walls, finished in a genuine rough, distressed look.’
    • ‘Inside, the old town wiggles and winds in on itself, a labyrinth of narrow alleys and high walls, hiding dark courtyards.’
    • ‘This entrance forms an almost discrete passageway into the inner courtyards.’
    • ‘Clothing, blankets and children's toys were scattered throughout the buildings and courtyards.’
    • ‘The downtown area is filled with brick buildings and courtyards, giving it an antiquated charm.’
    • ‘Privacy is very important, and many homes and other buildings open into private courtyards with concrete walls.’
    • ‘The service quarters will be elevated a storey above the courtyard wall and will no longer be concealed.’
    • ‘Most houses had inward-looking courtyards, and some used wind catches to circulate air.’
    • ‘Walled and paved courtyards, which forced the animals to breed above ground, were used, so that the young could be easily removed.’
    yard, court, quadrangle, square, close, enclosure, precinct
    plaza, patio
    cloister, arcade
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