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prize court

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noun
  1. a court whose function it is to adjudicate on prizes taken in war.

Origin of prize court

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for prize court

Historical Examples

  • The prize-court will decide what is to be done with your cargo.

    Banzai!

    Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff

  • If such a ship opposes the prize-court then it must be treated as an enemy ship.

  • If the Trent had been taken into port, a prize-court must have liberated the prisoners.

  • Let us hope that the prize-court and its attendant officials did not absorb too big a share of the proceeds!

  • A few were released, but the larger part were condemned by a prize-court and sold.


British Dictionary definitions for prize court

prize court

noun
  1. law a court having jurisdiction to determine how property captured at sea in wartime is to be distributed
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