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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. 2017.
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  • He produced some ferocious tobacco, and was passed from the forecourt into the interior, where he asked many questions.

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • In the forecourt he found one of the gardener's boys from the hanging-gardens.

  • It is, however, very fine, and the forecourt most beautiful.

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

    The Sisters, Complete Georg Ebers
  • "It was done out of love," said Raul, moving close to the front windows where he could see the forecourt.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • He had glanced in the forecourt and seen that there was no room in it for him.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
  • They walked on in silence across the forecourt of the palace to the priest's rooms.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • The forecourt gave privacy to the house even when in the centre of a town.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • He crossed the forecourt of the palace and rang at the priest's door.

    The Cathedral Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • She laid a taboo upon the forecourt, and enforced it by means of an armed man.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
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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