1

court

play
noun, often attributive \ˈkȯrt\

Definition of court

  1. 1a :  the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary riding to the king's courtb :  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

  2. 2a (1) :  a manor house or large building surrounded by usually enclosed grounds Hampton Court (2) :  motelb :  an open space enclosed wholly or partly by buildings or circumscribed by a single building the court at the center of the palacec :  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 courtd :  a wide alley with only one opening onto a street

  3. 3a :  an official assembly for the transaction of judicial businessb :  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 courtd :  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

  4. 4a :  an assembly or board with legislative or administrative powersb :  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.

Recent Examples of court from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'court'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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


2

court

verb

Definition of court

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to seek to gain or achieve court powerb (1) :  allure, tempt mountain streams courting the fishermen (2) :  to act so as to invite or provoke courts disaster

  3. 2a :  to seek the affections of; especially :  to seek to win a pledge of marriage fromb of an animal :  to perform actions in order to attract for mating a male bird courting a female

  4. 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

  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 a pair of robins courting in the trees

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.

Recent Examples of court from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'court'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of court

1567


COURT Defined for English Language Learners

court

play
noun

Definition of court for English Language Learners

  • : 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

court

verb

Definition of court for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


COURT Defined for Kids

1

court

play
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.


2

court

play
verb

Definition of court for Students

courted

;

courting

  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

court

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up court? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!