Court Definition

kôrt
courted, courting, courts
noun
courts
An uncovered space wholly or partly surrounded by buildings or walls; courtyard.
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A special section or area of a building, as a museum, somewhat like such a space but roofed, as with a skylight.
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A short street, often closed at one end.
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A mansion or manor with a large, uncovered entrance area.
Hampton Court.
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Any of the divisions of such a space.
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pronoun
(US) An abbreviated term of respect for any court ("the Court").
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A surname​ for someone who worked or lived in a court.

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verb
courted, courting, courts
To pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something.
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To try to get; seek.
To court success.
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To behave so as to invite or incur.
Courts disaster by taking drugs.
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To try to get the love of in order to marry; woo.
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To carry on a courtship.
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Antonyms:
disregardignore
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adjective
Of or fit for a court.
A court jester.
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other
In some states, an intermediate court of appeal.
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See court of original jurisdiction.
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See court of original jurisdiction.
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A court with jurisdiction to hear appeals from trial courts, administrative agencies, and, when there is an intermediate appellate court, lower appellate courts. See also trial court.

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In some states, a trial court of general jurisdiction.
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idiom
pay court to
  • To flatter with solicitous overtures in an attempt to obtain something or clear away antagonism.
  • To seek someone's love; woo.
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the ball is in someone's court
  • (a problem is) awaiting action or a decision by someone
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out of court
  • without a trial in a law court
  • not important enough for consideration or examination
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pay court to
  • to court, as for favor or love
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Other Word Forms of Court

Noun

Singular:
court
Plural:
courts

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Court

Origin of Court

  • Middle English from Old French cort from Latin cohors cohort- courtyard, retinue gher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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