:the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary
- riding to the king's court
:a sovereign's formal assembly of councillors and officers
- The king held a general court.
:the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power
- The court has decided against the alliance.
:the family and retinue of a sovereign
- The court enjoyed the tournament.
:a reception held by a sovereign
2 a (1)
:a manor house or large building surrounded by usually enclosed grounds
:an open space enclosed wholly or partly by buildings or circumscribed by a single building
- the court at the center of the palace
:a quadrangular space walled or marked off for playing one of various games with a ball (such as tennis, handball, or basketball);
:a division of such a court
:a wide alley with only one opening onto a street
:an official assembly for the transaction of judicial business
:a session of such a court
- The court is now adjourned.
:a place (such as a chamber) for the administration of justice
- sat quietly in the back of the court
:a judge or judges in session;
:a faculty or agency of judgment or evaluation
- … rest our case in the court of world opinion …
- —Leonard H. Marks
:an assembly or board with legislative or administrative powers
:conduct or attention intended to win favor or dispel hostility :homage