Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Definition of Court by Merriam-Webster



ˈkȯrt
How to pronounce court (audio)

1a

: the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary

riding to the king’s court

b

: a sovereign’s formal assembly of councillors and officers

The king held a general court.

c

: the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power

The court has decided against the alliance.

d

: the family and retinue of a sovereign

The court enjoyed the tournament.

e

: a reception held by a sovereign

2a(1)

: a manor house or large building surrounded by usually enclosed grounds

Hampton Court

b

: an open space enclosed wholly or partly by buildings or circumscribed by a single building

the court at the center of the palace

c

: a quadrangular space walled or marked off for playing one of various games with a ball (such as tennis, handball, or basketball)

also

: a division of such a court

d

: a wide alley with only one opening onto a street

3a

: an official assembly for the transaction of judicial business

b

: a session of such a court

The court is now adjourned.

c

: a place (such as a chamber) for the administration of justice

sat quietly in the back of the court

d

: a judge or judges in session

also

: a faculty or agency of judgment or evaluation

… rest our case in the court of world opinion … — Leonard H. Marks

4a

: an assembly or board with legislative or administrative powers

5

: conduct or attention intended to win favor or dispel hostility : homage

pay court to the king

courted;
courting;
courts

transitive verb

1a

: to seek to gain or achieve

court power

b(1)

: allure, tempt

mountain streams courting the fishermen

(2)

: to act so as to invite or provoke

courts disaster

2a

: to seek the affections of

especially

: to seek to win a pledge of marriage from

b
of an animal

: to perform actions in order to attract for mating

a male bird courting a female

3a

: to seek to attract (as by solicitous attention or offers of advantages)

college teams courting high school basketball stars Both candidates were courting the independent voters.

b

: to seek an alliance with

intransitive verb

1

: to engage in social activities leading to engagement and marriage

2
of an animal

: to engage in activity leading to mating

a pair of robins courting in the trees

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