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    What is the difference between "yard" and "courtyard"?

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    Re: diference

    Both mean an enclosed space, next to a building or house. Also 'farmyard' 'scrapyard' 'marshalling yard'

    The difference, I think is that a yard is less formal than a courtyard. A courtyard might be used to refer to an enclosed space in a large building (maybe originally a courthouse). A yard is used in England to describe a small area at the back of a house. In the US it is used to describe a garden area.

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