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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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Maureen Mullin: tree works (crown thinning) to three trees within curtilage of house; at Craigannet, Drumgelloch Street, Airdrie.
"The proposal is seeking to both convert a traditional, curtilage listed, agricultural barn range into three residential dwellings, alteration works to the Grade II-listed farmhouse to include extension works and general improvement/alteration works to the yard area, landscaping, access and removal of existing structures."
"In the local area, the building is among Warrington's most important buildings, and set within the positive context of its historic grounds, the conservation area and other curtilage listed and listed buildings," they added.
Erection of a singlestorey extension to rear of dwellinghouse with rooftop terrace above and erection of a detatched garage within the rear curtilage of 9 Whirlie Road, Crosslee.
Several members of the planning committee raised concern in a discussion over retrospective permission for a development in Holyhead, at Y Borth on Porthdafarch Road, for an extension to curtilage with retention of a building to be used as a domestic garage and home office.
"Owens argues that Officer Dyer's entry into his driveway and touching of his vehicle parked therein constituted an illegal search because the driveway formed part of his house's curtilage and, therefore, was protected from warrantless searches by the Fourth Amendment.
Liam Boyle admitted being found in the curtilage of the house in Laurel Drive on March 11 and that in the circumstances it was implied that he intended to commit theft.
"The field is within the ownership and curtilage of Misty Waters Holiday Park.
A hallway outside of an apartment unit is not curtilage, and a resident has no reasonable expectation of privacy there, the court ruled on Aug.
Three-hundred people signed a petition against the demolition of the building, which has some protection as it is in the grounds of the listed former Coed y Lan Comprehensive School building, known as curtilage listed, but is not protected in its own right.
In Virginia's first known curtilage analysis applying the U.S.