- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- court card,
- court christian,
- court circular,
- court cupboard,
- court dance
- 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
Examples from the Web for courted
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
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
Vince Gill did something on Sunday that not many country singers are willing to do: he courted controversy.Vince Gill Confronts Fringe Groups and Gives Country Some Cred|Malcolm Jones|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Both Cecil and [D.O.] allege that Mr. Clash courted them when, in fact, what he was doing was grooming them,” Herman said.‘I Always Felt It Was Creepy’: Stories of Sex With Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash|Maria Elena Fernandez|December 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After returning to England, he battled for further recognition, but never received the full honours he courted.Ponteach|Robert Rogers
What, had she courted an explanation where most ladies would have listened to none; and courted it in vain!Hard Cash|Charles Reade
I felt in a kind of fire, and courted the heat even while it burned me.Rosin the Beau|Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
Reluctantly at first, but by-and-by with eagerness, they courted her attention.Jim|Charles G. D. Roberts
His society was courted by whatever England could show of eminence.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)|John Gibson Lockhart
- 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 Britishthe supreme council of some universities
- without a trial or legal casethe case was settled out of court
- too unimportant for consideration
- Britishso as to ridicule completely (in the phrase laugh out of court)
Word Origin for court
late 12c., from Old French cort (11c., Modern French cour) "king's court, princely residence," from Latin cortem, accusative of cors (earlier cohors) "enclosed yard," and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia "sovereign's assembly"), "those assembled in the yard; company, cohort," from com- "together" (see com-) + stem hort- related to hortus "garden, plot of ground" (see yard (n.1)). Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally).
"woo, offer homage," as one does at court, 1570s; see court (n.). Related: Courted; courting.
see ball's in your court; day in court; friend in court; hold court; kangaroo court; laugh out of court; pay court to.