cur·ti·lage /'kərt-əl-ij/ n [Anglo-French curtillage enclosed land belonging to a house, kitchen garden, from Old French cortillage kitchen garden, from cortil garden, ultimately from Latin cohort - cohors farmyard]: the area surrounding and associated with a home
◇ The curtilage of a house is included in the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

noun court, courtyard, enclosure, fenced, garden, land, yard

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

The land surrounding and attached to a house, often enclosed in some way.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

The area of ground used for the enjoyment of a house or other building. A piece of land may still be part of the curtilage of a building even if there are buildings on that land. What comprises the curtilage will depend on the circumstances of the particular property.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. The land immediately surrounding a dwelling, such as a yard and outbuildings, where some of the regular activity of the occupant's home life takes place, where the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy, and that is usually demarcated, fenced off, or otherwise clearly protected from public scrutiny. Such land is regarded as a part of the dwelling itself and is protected from warrantless searches under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Also called open fields doctrine or messuage.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home that is used in the daily activities of domestic life.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home that is used in the daily activities of domestic life.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • curtilage — (n.) early 14c., from Anglo Fr. curtilage, from O.Fr. cortil little court, walled garden, yard, from M.L. cortile court, yard, from L. cortis (see COURT (Cf. court)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Curtilage — Cur ti*lage (k?r t? l?j), n. [OF. cortillage, curtillage, fr. cortil court, courtyard, LL. cortis court. See {Court}.] (Law) A yard, courtyard, or piece of ground, included within the fence surrounding a dwelling house. Burrill. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curtilage — [kʉrt′ l ij΄] n. [ME < OFr cortillage < cortil, dim. < LL cortis, COURT] Law the fenced in ground and buildings immediately surrounding a house or dwelling …   English World dictionary

  • Curtilage — The curtilage is an important legal term to define the land immediately surrounding a house or dwelling, including any closely associated buildings and structures, but excluding any associated open fields beyond . It defines the boundary within… …   Wikipedia

  • curtilage — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French curtillage, from curtil garden, curtilage, from curt court Date: 14th century a piece of ground (as a yard or courtyard) within the fence surrounding a house …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • curtilage — n. an area attached to a dwelling house and forming one enclosure with it. Etymology: ME f. AF curtilage, OF co(u)rtillage f. co(u)rtil small court f. cort COURT …   Useful english dictionary

  • curtilage — /kerr tl ij/, n. Law. the area of land occupied by a dwelling and its yard and outbuildings, actually enclosed or considered as enclosed. [1250 1300; ME courtelage < AF; OF cortillage, equiv. to cortil yard (cort COURT + il dim. suffix) + age… …   Universalium

  • curtilage — noun /ˈkɜːtɪlɪdʒ,ˈkɝtəlɪdʒ/ the area immediately surrounding a house. Contains either no roof, or areas within the roof to see inside. Syn: grounds …   Wiktionary

  • curtilage — n. enclosed area, confined area …   English contemporary dictionary

  • curtilage — [ kə:t(ɪ)lɪdʒ] noun an area of land attached to a house and forming one enclosure with it. Origin ME: from Anglo Norman Fr., var. of OFr. courtillage, from courtil small court , from cort court …   English new terms dictionary

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