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n. Law
The area considered legally part of a house or dwelling by virtue of its enclosure by a fence or habitual use in domestic activities.

[Middle English, from Old French courtillage, from courtil, diminutive of cort, court; see court.]


(Human Geography) the enclosed area of land adjacent to a dwelling house
[C14: from Old French cortillage, from cortil a little yard, from cort court]


(ˈkɜr tl ɪdʒ)

n. Law.
the land occupied by a dwelling and its yard, outbuildings, etc., actually enclosed or considered as enclosed.
[1250–1300; Middle English courtelage < Anglo-French; Old French cortillage=cortil yard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curtilage - the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"
backyard - the grounds in back of a house
dooryard - a yard outside the front or rear door of a house
front yard - the yard in front of a house; between the house and the street
garden - a yard or lawn adjoining a house
playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
side yard - the grounds at either side of a house
field - a piece of land cleared of trees and usually enclosed; "he planted a field of wheat"
References in periodicals archive ?
Address: 21 Southwood, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough Proposal: Extension to residential curtilage.
J Roberts, two storey extension to form waiting |room and office to dental surgery (within the curtilage of a listed building in conservation area), Stable Block, Cote Royd House, 7 Halifax Road, Edgerton.
The development will be carried out within the curtilage of a protected structure (reference MH029-205).
The principal reason for this was that he judged the building was outside the curtilage ( the area of land used in association with a building ( of my client's residential property.
Scanners were aimed at the target by officers standing outside the curtilage of the home or business or from aircraft flying within navigable airspace above the area.
Proposal: Extension to residential curtilage (plots 55, 56, 57, 58, 70, 71, 72 and 73 Southwood).
He explained: "Water meters are being fitted at the stopcock and curtilage of the property.
An Bord Pleanala ruled: "The development permitted shall not be used to provide conference facilities or a nightclub within the curtilage of the site.
5 Under Federal law, individuals have no expectation of privacy in trash set at the edge of curtilage for pickup.
Defining and managing a distinct heritage curtilage for the cottage and slab shed, and the location and options for reinstating and/or interpreting former association outbuildings, plantings and fencing through the development of a Landscape Masterplan.
Application ref: M/FP/0392/12/P Address: 26 Comfrey, Coulby Newham Proposal: Extension of residential curtilage and erection of 1.
However, it's important licensees are mindful of the fact that by allowing patrons to consume alcohol outside on footpaths and areas other than those within the curtilage of the premises, they are at risk of alienating pedestrians and local residents.