- a place where justice is administered.
- a judicial tribunal duly constituted for the hearing and determination of cases.
- a session of a judicial assembly.
- an area where animals of a particular species gather to display.
- the group of insects, as honeybees, surrounding the queen; retinue.
Idioms about court
- to have a formal assembly of a judicial tribunal or one held by a sovereign.
- to be surrounded by one's disciples or admirers, giving advice, exchanging gossip, receiving compliments, etc.
- without a legal hearing; privately: The case will be settled out of court.
- out of the question; undeserving of discussion: This wild scheme is entirely out of court.
Origin of court
OTHER WORDS FROM courtout·court, verb (used with object)un·court·ed, adjectivewell-court·ed, adjective
Other definitions for court (2 of 2)
How to use court in a sentence
The Supreme Court continued its trend late Thursday night of allowing federal executions to go forward, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett participating in her first capital punishment case on the court.Supreme Court continues capital punishment trend with Barrett on the bench|Robert Barnes|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Snyder recently dismissed the case, and whatever records he obtained from Blair are likely to remain confidential unless he uses them in a public court action.Washington Football Team minority owners have a deal to sell, but Daniel Snyder is blocking it|Will Hobson, Mark Maske, Liz Clarke|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Schroder will probably be expected to run the offense when LeBron James is off the court, and his ability to break down defenders off the dribble should be valuable on a Lakers roster filled with spot-up complementary pieces.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The national organization has sought to shield the local councils from the bankruptcy process, but Boelter said 248 out of 253 local councils have provided asset and insurance information to the court as part of the proceedings.Boy Scouts must settle 95,000 abuse claims by next summer — or risk running out of cash|Samantha Schmidt|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Aside from a tantalizing combination of the forward’s size at 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, and versatile skill set, Sheppard and Brooks liked Avdija’s balance of calm and competitive fire on the court.How did Deni Avdija catch the eye of Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard? It started with his name.|Ava Wallace|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Hirst and Perry too have courted their fair share of controversy.
Bill Clinton courted Mixner and his expertise at the outset of his run for president.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People|Tim Teeman|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, Cline officials courted state legislators and hired lobbyists.
NBC reportedly aggressively courted The Daily Show host to front Meet The Press.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage|Lloyd Grove|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And always in the background, evanescent but, in the end, accountable, is Rupert Murdoch—courted, feared and sometimes loathed.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His reputation extended over the whole continent, and his presence was courted by the sovereigns of Europe.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Whatever his secret care might have been, it was now passive; he was a general favourite, and courted in society.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
By one person, however, Portland was still assiduously courted; and that person was the King.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mrs. Chester married the man who had courted her before she fell in love with her school-master.A Bicycle of Cathay|Frank R. Stockton
Death in its most horrible shape would have been courted joyfully by me in preference to it.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for court (1 of 2)
- a block of flatsSelwyn Court
- a mansion or country house
- a short street, sometimes closed at one end
- the residence, retinues, or household of a sovereign or nobleman
- (as modifier)a court ball
- an authority having power to adjudicate in civil, criminal, military, or ecclesiastical matters
- the regular sitting of such a judicial authority
- the room or building in which such a tribunal sits
- a marked outdoor or enclosed area used for any of various ball games, such as tennis, squash, etc
- a marked section of such an areathe service court
- the board of directors or council of a corporation, company, etc
- mainly British the supreme council of some universities
- without a trial or legal casethe case was settled out of court
- too unimportant for consideration
- British so as to ridicule completely (in the phrase laugh out of court)
Word Origin for court
British Dictionary definitions for court (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with court
see ball's in your court; day in court; friend in court; hold court; kangaroo court; laugh out of court; pay court to.