courtyard etymology

English word courtyard comes from English court, English yard

Detailed word origin of courtyard

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
court English (eng) (intransitive) To engage in activities intended to win someone's affections.. (intransitive) To engage in courtship behavior.. (transitive) To attempt to attract.. (transitive) To attempt to gain alliance with.. (transitive) To engage in behavior leading to mating.. (transitive) To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.. (transitive) To risk (a consequence, usually negative).. [...]
yard English (eng) (finance) 109, A short scale billion; a long scale thousand millions or milliard. (transitive) To confine to a yard. (US, slang, uncommon) 100 dollars.. (nautical) A long tapered timber hung on a mast to which is bent a sail, and may be further qualified as a square, lateen, or lug yard. The first is hung at right angles to the mast, the latter two hang obliquely.. (obsolete) A branch, twig, [...]
courtyard English (eng) An area, open to the sky, partially or wholly surrounded by walls or buildings.

Words with the same origin as courtyard

Descendants of yard