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

Examples of forecourt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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. Washington Post, "Notre Dame Cathedral to miss first Christmas in centuries," 20 Dec. 2019 The vast forecourt is barricaded, barren of its Christmas tree. NBC News, "Paris' Notre Dame is 'still very fragile' eight months after fire," 25 Dec. 2019 The vast forecourt is barricaded, barren of its Christmas tree. Arkansas Online, "Notre Dame rector: Fragile cathedral might not be saved," 25 Dec. 2019 The cathedral, its adjacent park and its forecourt have been closed to the public since April 15 and are likely to stay that way for years. Washington Post, "Lead scrubbed from Paris streets as Notre Dame work resumes," 21 Aug. 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 2 Jun. 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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