Meaning of curtilage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəːt(ɪ)lɪdʒ/

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  • An area of land attached to a house and forming one enclosure with it.

    ‘the roads within the curtilage of the development site’
    • ‘The Inspector decided firstly that the second defendant could rely on a fall-back position, in that he was likely to erect a replacement building which would be within the agreed curtilage of the dwelling house.’
    • ‘At best, it shows that the land was held for the prospect of future attachment; and, in any event, the putative buildings for County Council purposes on these areas would have produced a distinct curtilage or curtilages.’
    • ‘It is in this sense that what this representation is is not only as to mean high-water mark, but it is saying something about a swimming pool and a brick house and it saying it is within the curtilage of the land.’
    • ‘Notice C, in its turn was concerned with the construction of a driveway across what had been agricultural land and which had now been taken into the domestic curtilage of the house.’
    • ‘A limited area within the curtilage of the Cliff House Hotel site is being zoned for primary residential and to protect and enhance the special physical and social character of the area.’
    • ‘Of course what is small will inevitably vary greatly according to the circumstances and to say that a curtilage is a small area is obviously not to provide any precise test of identification.’
    • ‘Presently the authorised planning use of the land is one dwelling house with residential curtilage.’
    • ‘Any land that could be argued to be beyond the curtilage but still within the control of the applicant is unsuitable for landing helicopters due to tree cover or topography.’
    • ‘It was agreed at the Inquiry that the appeal site, being within the curtilage of existing buildings, is previously developed land as defined in PPG3.’
    • ‘This should normally include the offer of the unrestricted freehold on the open market at a realistic price reflecting the condition of the asset, and, so far as ownership allows, with an appropriate curtilage.’
    • ‘But in the old Ecclesiastical law, it is not part of a curtilage of the church.’
    • ‘As described earlier, building curtilages virtually surround the appeal site.’
    • ‘The reasons given for erecting the fence suggest to me that it is either defining or lying within the curtilage - it is most unlikely that it is outside the curtilage.’
    • ‘Having regard to the siting of the new building in relation to the existing dwelling and cottage annex, I share the view of the Council that the appeal building is not within the curtilage of a dwelling.’
    • ‘Further south was a farmhouse, with associated buildings in the same curtilage, which we will describe collectively as ‘the farmhouse’.’
    • ‘The school, at least in my day, took responsibility for the immediate curtilage and the crossing of the roads near it, that was also so at Summer Hill School.’
    • ‘The proposed extension to the swimming pool can be considered appropriate to the existing curtilage inasmuch as it would be part of the group of residential buildings.’
    • ‘People have been known to flee from the curtilage of their property.’
    • ‘The premises on the entrance from the Tipperary road at which the recycling point is located still presents a problem under this heading together with its curtilage area.’
    • ‘This development falls within the curtilage of a protected structure at Ivyleigh House, Bank Place, Portlaoise.’


Middle English from Anglo-Norman French, variant of Old French courtillage, from courtil ‘small court’, from cort ‘court’.