Origin of curtilageMiddle English from Old French cortillage from cortil, diminutive from Late Latin cortis, court
The definition of curtilage are the grounds or area surrounding a house or other place where a person lives.
An example of curtilage is the front, back and side yards belonging to a house.
The area considered legally part of a house or dwelling by virtue of its enclosure by a fence or habitual use in domestic activities.
Origin of curtilageMiddle English from Old French courtillage from courtil diminutive of cort court ; see court .
curtilage - Legal Definition
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.
- It may be pointed out here that these expressions are defined by the act, the effect of the definitions being shortly that a drain is a conduit for the drainage of one building or of several within the same curtilage, while a sewer comprises every kind of drain except that which is covered by the definition of a drain as above stated.