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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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"
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I am concerned as well at the lack of amenity trees and shrubs on new estates, and with no enforceable provision to prevent individual curtilages being covered entirely by solid surfaces.
For Fourth Amendment purposes, that area immediately surrounding the home, the curtilage, has customarily been viewed as part of the home.(2) This article explores the limits of the protection afforded the curtilage.(3)
The area that is outside the curtilage of the home, Which courts refer to as an open field, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment.(4) "Open field" is a term of art; for an area to be considered an open field, it need not be in the open nor a field.(5)
Supreme Court has ruled that " the case of open fields, the general rights of property protected by the common law of trespass have little or no relevance to the applicability of the Fourth Amendment."(6) A property owner cannot add to the constitutional protection of an open field or change its character to that of curtilage by posting "No Trespassing" signs at its boundaries.(7) The scope of the protection given an area does not depend on whether the owner has attempted to conceal some private conduct.(8) Rather, the courts inquire into whether the government has intruded upon the owner's subjective and personal expectation of privacy and whether that expectation is one that society accepts as reasonable.(9)