[bak-kawrt, -kohrt]
  1. Basketball. the half of a court in which the basket being defended is located.
  2. Tennis. the part of a tennis court between the base line and the line, parallel to the net, that marks the in-bounds limit of a service.Compare forecourt(def 2).

Origin of backcourt

First recorded in 1765–75; back1 + court Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. tennis, mainly US the part of the court between the service line and the baseline
  2. (in various court games) the area nearest the back boundary line
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