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1. An open quadrangle surrounded by a cloister.
2. Archaic A yard, garden, or paddock.
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1. (Architecture) a courtyard surrounded by a cloister
2. archaic a yard or garden
[C14: from Old Norse garthr; related to Old English geard yard2]
dialect Northern English a child's hoop, often the rim of a bicycle wheel
[dialect variant of girth]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
an open courtyard enclosed by a cloister.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse garthr farm, farmyard, courtyard]
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