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World English Dictionary
court (kɔːt)
1.  an area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
2.  (Brit) (capital when part of a name)
 a.  a block of flats: Selwyn Court
 b.  a mansion or country house
 c.  a short street, sometimes closed at one end
3.  a space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries
4.  a.  the residence, retinues, or household of a sovereign or nobleman
 b.  (as modifier): a court ball
5.  a sovereign or prince and his retinue, advisers, etc
6.  any formal assembly, reception, etc, held by a sovereign or nobleman with his courtiers
7.  homage, flattering attention, or amorous approaches (esp in the phrase pay court to someone)
8.  law
 a.  an authority having power to adjudicate in civil, criminal, military, or ecclesiastical matters
 b.  the regular sitting of such a judicial authority
 c.  the room or building in which such a tribunal sits
9.  a.  a marked outdoor or enclosed area used for any of various ball games, such as tennis, squash, etc
 b.  a marked section of such an area: the service court
10.  a.  the board of directors or council of a corporation, company, etc
 b.  chiefly (Brit) the supreme council of some universities
11.  a branch of any of several friendly societies
12.  go to court to take legal action
13.  hold court to preside over admirers, attendants, etc
14.  out of court
 a.  without a trial or legal case: the case was settled out of court
 b.  too unimportant for consideration
 c.  (Brit) so as to ridicule completely (in the phrase laugh out of court)
15.  the ball is in your court you are obliged to make the next move
16.  to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo
17.  (tr) to pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour
18.  (tr) to try to obtain (fame, honour, etc)
19.  (tr) to invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risks: to court disaster
20.  old-fashioned to be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage
[C12: from Old French, from Latin cohorscohort]

Court (kɔːt)
Margaret (née Smith). born 1942, Australian tennis player: Australian champion 1960--66, 1969--71, and 1973; US champion 1962, 1965, 1969--70, and 1973; Wimbledon champion 1963, 1965, and 1970

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., from O.Fr. curt, from L. cortem, acc. of cors (earlier cohors) "enclosed yard," and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia "sovereign's assembly"), "those assembled in the yard; company, cohort," from com- "together" + stem hort- related to hortus "garden, plot of ground" (see
yard (1)). The verb meaning "woo, offer homage" (as at court) is first recorded 1570s. Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally). Courtroom is recorded from 1670s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Court definition

the enclosure of the tabernacle (Ex. 27:9-19; 40:8), of the temple (1 Kings 6:36), of a prison (Neh. 3:25), of a private house (2 Sam. 17:18), and of a king's palace (2 Kings 20:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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