An open space surrounded by walls or buildings, adjoining or within a building such as a large house or housing complex.(noun)
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Use "courtyard" in a sentence
"José went off to the mules, and Bertie descended the ladder, and strolled round what they called the courtyard, looking for eggs among the rocks and in the tufts of grass growing higher up."
"This courtyard is just outside the main precincts of my college, tucked away behind the old school of divinity and in the midst of a maze of buildings."
"The courtyard is beautiful with nice sitting areas to relax."