backcourt

noun back·court \ -ˈkȯrt \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of backcourt

1 : the area near or nearest the back boundary lines or back wall of the playing area in a net or court game
2 a : a basketball team's defensive half of the court
b : the positions of the guards on a basketball team; also : the guards themselves
  • a team with a strong backcourt

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1884

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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