curtilage 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 NOTE: The curtilage of a house is included in the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.