supreme court


often capitalized S&C
: the highest judicial tribunal in a political unit (such as a nation or state)
: a court of original jurisdiction in New York state subordinate to a final court of appeals

Examples of supreme court in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supreme court was in 1686

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“Supreme court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

supreme court

: the highest court in a political unit (as the U.S. or one of its states)

Legal Definition

supreme court

su·​preme court
: the highest court in a nation or state
specifically, capitalized S&C : the highest court in the judicial branch of the U.S. government that has original jurisdiction over controversies involving ambassadors or other ministers or consuls but whose main activity is as the court of last resort exercising appellate jurisdiction over cases involving federal law
capitalized S&C : a court of original jurisdiction in New York

Note: The court of last resort in New York is the Court of Appeals.

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