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“courtyard” in English

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courtyardnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɔːt.jɑːd/ us /ˈkɔːrt.jɑːrd/

Examples from literature

  • A loud noise of feet and voices came pouring into the courtyard. 
  • The firing had ceased and the courtyard was curiously still and empty. 
  • The only thing she did not like was the courtyard's dampness. 
  • The stone pavement of the spacious courtyard was in some places partly covered with moss, and a few weeds had sprung up in the corners, and along the edges by the walls. 
  • Within half an hour we passed under a stone archway and found ourselves snug in the haven of our merchant's courtyard. 

(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)