Etymology
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courtyard (n.)

"enclosure around or adjacent to a house," 1550s, from court (n.) + yard (n.1).

updated on April 19, 2018

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Definitions of courtyard from WordNet

courtyard (n.)
an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings;
Synonyms: court
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