Meaning of “outdoors” in the English Dictionary

"outdoors" in British English

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outdoorsadverb, noun

uk /ˌaʊtˈdɔːz/ us /ˌaʊtˈdɔːrz/

B1 outside:

If the weather's good, we'll eat outdoors (= not in a building).
Every year he takes a month off work to go hiking in the great outdoors (= in the countryside, far away from towns).
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  • If your cactus has been outdoors during the summer, move it into the garage or house when overnight temperatures drop below 65°F.
  • The party is going to be outdoors, but we have permission to use the community hall if it rains.
  • We hung the washing up outdoors in the fresh air.
  • I don't like you hanging around outdoors with your friends - why don't you invite them in?
  • He's very tanned because he works outdoors in all weathers.

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

"outdoors" in American English

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outdoorsadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˌɑʊtˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/ also out of doors

out in the air, not in a building:

We’ll eat outdoors.
The kids are playing outdoors.


us /ˌɑʊtˈdɔrz, -ˈdoʊrz/ also out-of-doors
the outdoors

a place outside, away from buildings, where you can experience nature:

Mike enjoys the outdoors.

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