an open space that is partly or completely surrounded by buildings and is usually part of a castle, a large house, etc. the central/inner courtyard See related entries: Architectural features, In the gardenExtra examples Her bedroom overlooked the courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded on three sides by stables. The hotel is built around a central courtyard. We sat in the inner courtyard of the college. We sat on a bench in the school courtyard. The entrance leads through an arch and into a cobbled inner courtyard. The windows on this side of the house look down onto a small courtyard.