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noun, often attributive \ˈkȯrt\

Simple Definition of court

  • : a formal legal meeting in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law

  • : a place where legal cases are heard

  • : an official group of people (such as a judge and jury) who listen to evidence and make decisions about legal cases

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of court

  1. 1 a :  the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary b :  a sovereign's formal assembly of councillors and officers c :  the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power d :  the family and retinue of a sovereign e :  a reception held by a sovereign

  2. 2 a (1) :  a manor house or large building surrounded by usually enclosed grounds (2) :  motel b :  an open space enclosed wholly or partly by buildings or circumscribed by a single building c :  a quadrangular space walled or marked off for playing one of various games with a ball (as lawn tennis, handball, or basketball); also :  a division of such a court d :  a wide alley with only one opening onto a street

  3. 3 a :  an official assembly for the transaction of judicial business b :  a session of such a court <court is now adjourned> c :  a place (as a chamber) for the administration of justice 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 — L. H. Marks>

  4. 4 a :  an assembly or board with legislative or administrative powers b :  parliament, legislature

  5. 5 :  conduct or attention intended to win favor or dispel hostility :  homage <pay court to the king>

Examples of court in a sentence

  1. Court is now in session.

  2. Court is adjourned for the day.

  3. There was a large group of protesters outside the court.

  4. a lawyer who has appeared in courts around the country

  5. The case is before the state's highest court.

  6. She's a judge on an appellate court.

  7. The prosecution has new evidence to submit to the court.

  8. Please explain to the court what happened that night.

  9. The court ruled the law unconstitutional.

  10. The court reversed the lower court's decision.

Origin and Etymology of court

Middle English, from Anglo-French curt, court, from Latin cohort-, cohors enclosure, group, retinue, cohort, from co- + -hort-, -hors (akin to hortus garden) — more at yard

First Known Use: 12th century




Simple Definition of court

  • : to act in a way that shows that you want or intend to get married

  • of an animal : to perform the actions that lead to sexual activity

  • : to give a lot of attention and praise to (someone) in order to get approval, support, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of court

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to seek to gain or achieve <court power> b (1) :  allure, tempt (2) :  to act so as to invite or provoke <courts disaster>

  3. 2 a :  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>

  4. 3 a :  to seek to attract (as by solicitous attention or offers of advantages) <college teams courting high school basketball stars> b :  to seek an alliance with

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to engage in social activities leading to engagement and marriage

  7. 2 of an animal :  to engage in activity leading to mating

Examples of court in a sentence

  1. The couple courted for two years before marrying.

  2. He was courting his college sweetheart.

  3. a pair of robins courting

  4. The male will sometimes court the female for hours.

  5. college teams courting high school basketball stars

  6. The speech was clearly intended to court middle-class voters.


First Known Use of court


COURT Defined for Kids



noun \ˈkȯrt\

Definition of court for Students

  1. 1 :  a space arranged for playing a certain game <tennis court> <basketball court>

  2. 2 :  an official meeting led by a judge for settling legal questions or the place where it is held

  3. 3 :  a judge or the judges presiding in a courtroom <The court decides issues of law.>

  4. 4 :  the home of a ruler (as a king)

  5. 5 :  a ruler's assembly of advisers and officers as a governing power

  6. 6 :  the family and people who follow a ruler

  7. 7 :  an open space completely or partly surrounded by buildings

  8. 8 :  a short street

  9. 9 :  respect meant to win favor <Pay court to the king.>




Definition of court for Students



  1. 1 :  to seek the love or companionship of

  2. 2 :  to try to gain or get the support of :  seek <Both candidates courted new voters.>

  3. 3 :  to seem to be asking for :  tempt <You're courting trouble by not fixing your car.>

Law Dictionary


noun \ˈkōrt\

Legal Definition of court

  1. 1a :  an official assembly for the administration of justice :  a unit of the judicial branch of government <the judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish — U.S. Constitution art. III> b :  a session of such a court c usually capitalized :  the Supreme Court of the United States

  2. 2 :  a place (as a building, hall, or room) for the administration of justice <order in the court>

  3. 3 :  a judge or judges acting in official capacity <an issue to be decided by the court> <the court may neither preside at nor attend the meeting of creditors — J. H. Williamson>

  4. 4 usually capitalized :  a legislative body <the General Court of Massachusetts>

  5. 5 :  a body (as the International Court of Justice) exercising judicial powers over its members or the members of a body represented by it <an ecclesiastical court>

out of court

  1. :  without a court hearing :  by private arrangement <settled out of court>

Origin and Etymology of court

Old French, enclosed space, royal entourage, court of justice, from Latin cohort-, cohors farmyard, armed force, retinue

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