Meaning of “courtyard” in the English Dictionary

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"courtyard" in British English

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courtyardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɔːt.jɑːd/ us /ˈkɔːrt.jɑːrd/

an area of flat ground outside that is partly or completely surrounded by the walls of a building

(Definition of “courtyard” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"courtyard" in American English

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courtyardnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɔrtˌjɑrd, ˈkoʊrt-/

an area of flat ground outside and partly or completely surrounded by one or more buildings:

Entrance to the apartment building is through a central courtyard.

(Definition of “courtyard” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)