Inns of Court

noun phrase

1
: the four sets of buildings in London belonging to four societies of students and practitioners of the law
2
: the four societies that alone admit to practice at the English bar

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Inns of Court was in the 15th century

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“Inns of Court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Inns%20of%20Court. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

Inns of Court

1
: the four sets of buildings in London belonging to four societies of students and practitioners of the law
2
: the four societies that alone admit to practice at the English bar

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