Definition of curtilage in English:

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curtilage

Pronunciation: /ˈkəːt(ɪ)lɪdʒ/

noun

An area of land attached to a house and forming one enclosure with it: the roads within the curtilage of the development site
More example sentences
  • The Inspector decided firstly that the second defendant could rely on a fall-back position, in that he was likely to erect a replacement building which would be within the agreed curtilage of the dwelling house.
  • At best, it shows that the land was held for the prospect of future attachment; and, in any event, the putative buildings for County Council purposes on these areas would have produced a distinct curtilage or curtilages.
  • It is in this sense that what this representation is is not only as to mean high-water mark, but it is saying something about a swimming pool and a brick house and it saying it is within the curtilage of the land.

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French courtillage, from courtil 'small court', from cort 'court'.

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