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1. an open inner courtyard, esp one in a Spanish or Spanish-American house
2. an area adjoining a house, esp one that is paved and used for outdoor activities
An outdoor area, often paved and shaded, adjoining or enclosed by the walls or arcades of a house.
an inner court open to the sky and often surrounded by a gallery. The patio as a type of architecture goes back to the classical peristyle and is widespread in the Mediterranean countries, especially Spain, and in Latin America.
1. An outdoor area or courtyard, open to the sky but enclosed, or partially enclosed, by the walls of a building. Although the term originally described such an area in a Spanish house, it is now widely used for any outdoor recreational space that is adjacent to a house; also See placita
2. A large quadrangle of an early Spanish-American mission, usually surrounded on all four sides by a series of abutting structures for protection.