forecourt

noun
fore·​court | \ ˈfȯr-ˌkȯrt How to pronounce forecourt (audio) \

Definition of forecourt

1 : an open court in front of a building
2 : the area near the net in a court game

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Recent Examples on the Web The forecourt was supposed to reopen earlier this year but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Notre Dame's Public Plaza Reopens Over a Year After Devastating Fire," 1 June 2020 The body overseeing the Gothic structure’s restoration issued a statement late in May saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep clean operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt. USA TODAY, "Restoration work to begin 1 year after Notre Dame cathedral fire," 8 June 2020 For the first time since a tragic fire swept through Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, its forecourt has now opened to the public. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Notre Dame's Public Plaza Reopens Over a Year After Devastating Fire," 1 June 2020 The vast forecourt is barricaded, barren of its Christmas tree. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50 percent chance” the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument.," 26 Dec. 2019 The vast forecourt is barricaded, barren of its Christmas tree. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50 percent chance” the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening the vaults of the Gothic monument.," 26 Dec. 2019 Grégoire did not say which parts of the forecourt would be reopened, or when. Elian Peltier, BostonGlobe.com, "Notre Dame’s crypt and square may reopen in spring," 22 Feb. 2020 Tourists over the festive period can now see the famed gargoyles and stone statues at night in their full illuminated splendor from the adjacent bridges, although the forecourt is still closed. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.," 21 Dec. 2019 Tourists over the festive period can now see the famed gargoyles and stone statues at night in their full illuminated splendor from the adjacent bridges, although the forecourt is still closed. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of forecourt

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Forecourt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forecourt. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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forecourt

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English Language Learners Definition of forecourt

: the area near the net in tennis
chiefly British : a large, flat, open area in front of a building

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