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[fawr-kawrt, fohr-kohrt] /ˈfɔrˌkɔrt, ˈfoʊrˌkoʊrt/
Tennis. the part of either half of a tennis court that lies between the net and the line that marks the inbounds limit of a service.
Compare backcourt (def 1).
a courtyard before the entrance to a building or group of buildings.
Origin of forecourt
First recorded in 1525-35; fore- + court Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the forecourt he found one of the gardener's boys from the hanging-gardens.

  • At the door of the forecourt Klea was met by Asclepiodorus, who desired her to follow him.

    The Sisters, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He had glanced in the forecourt and seen that there was no room in it for him.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • It is, however, very fine, and the forecourt most beautiful.

  • The forecourt gave privacy to the house even when in the centre of a town.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • She laid a taboo upon the forecourt, and enforced it by means of an armed man.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • They walked on in silence across the forecourt of the palace to the priest's rooms.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • He crossed the forecourt of the palace and rang at the priest's door.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Uncle Ulick shook his fist at a particularly importunate beggar who had ventured across the forecourt.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • Colonel Sullivan sat in the upper room of one of the two towers that flanked the entrance to the forecourt.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for forecourt


a courtyard in front of a building, as one in a filling station
Also called front court. the front section of the court in tennis, badminton, etc, esp the area between the service line and the net
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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