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但也有多户合住一座四合院的情况,被称为“大杂院”,住户多为普通劳动人民。

I found this in the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14.

What is the meaning of 杂院? According to dictionaries (character by character), it means "mixed courtyard", but I don't know, it does not make much sense.

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This 知乎 thread sheds some light on the question.

大杂院 is a single word and you don't split it as "a big 杂院". 大 refers to its scale, housing multiple or even tens of families in one courtyard. 杂 (mixed, mingled) refers to its residents who aren't a single, large family and sometimes are even unrelated families, like modern residential areas. This is emphasized in comparison to traditional 四合院 where only one family resides.

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