- 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 open to the sky and mostly or entirely surrounded by buildings, walls, etc.
- a high interior usually having a glass roof and surrounded by several stories of galleries or the like.
- Chiefly Irish. a stately dwelling.
- a short street.
- a smooth, level quadrangle on which to play tennis, basketball, etc.
- one of the divisions of such an area.
- the residence of a sovereign or other high dignitary; palace.
- a sovereign's or dignitary's retinue.
- a sovereign and councilors as the political rulers of a state.
- a formal assembly held by a sovereign.
- homage paid, as to a king.
- special or devoted attention in order to win favor, affection, etc.: to pay court to the king.
- the body of qualified members of a corporation, council, board, etc.
- a branch or lodge of a fraternal society.
- Animal Behavior.
- an area where animals of a particular species gather to display.
- the group of insects, as honeybees, surrounding the queen; retinue.
- to try to win the favor, preference, or goodwill of: to court the rich.
- to seek the affections of; woo.
- (of animals) to attempt to attract (a mate) by engaging in certain species-specific behaviors.
- to attempt to gain (applause, favor, a decision, etc.).
- to hold out inducements to; invite.
- to act in such a manner as to cause, lead to, or provoke: to court disaster by reckless driving.
- to seek another's love; woo.
- (of animals) to engage in certain species-specific behaviors in order to attract individuals of the opposite sex for mating.
- hold 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.
- out of court,
- 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
Related Wordssue, invite, pursue, seek, please, entice, praise, woo, charm, solicit, propose, cultivate, attract, gallant, serenade, sweetheart, beseech, flatter, bid, grovel
Examples from the Web for courting
In 1907, Picasso was courting his first great love, Fernande Olivier.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
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But she longed for home and another New York agency was courting her.This Baby Can Work a Runway
September 9, 2014
The question is, with regards to the demographic that he was courting, is he right?Racism or Exit Strategy for Atlanta Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson?
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And since local producers have been busy enough growing their own markets, courting Westerners hasn't been a priority.The Most Powerful Liquor in the World
August 24, 2014
For a Northeastern more-or-less-moderate Republican, this courting of the right is a familiar path.Why Hillary Clinton Should Go a-Knocking on Ralph Reed’s Door
June 15, 2014
She was beginning to feel panicky; he was courting distress.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I was forced to carry off this girl, because I had no other means of courting her.Night and Morning, Complete
And what I was trying to do for you when we met in Rouen was—was courting you.The Gentleman From Indiana
The memory of her own courting days came back upon her, a rare experience!The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
They say you have been courting my princess terribly these last few days?A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- an area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
- British (capital when part of a name)
- a block of flatsSelwyn Court
- a mansion or country house
- a short street, sometimes closed at one end
- a space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries
- the residence, retinues, or household of a sovereign or nobleman
- (as modifier)a court ball
- a sovereign or prince and his retinue, advisers, etc
- any formal assembly, reception, etc, held by a sovereign or nobleman with his courtiers
- homage, flattering attention, or amorous approaches (esp in the phrase pay court to someone)
- 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
- a branch of any of several friendly societies
- go to court to take legal action
- hold court to preside over admirers, attendants, etc
- out of court
- 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)
- the ball is in your court you are obliged to make the next move
- to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo
- (tr) to pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour
- (tr) to try to obtain (fame, honour, etc)
- (tr) to invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risksto court disaster
- old-fashioned to be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage
- Margaret (née Smith). born 1942, Australian tennis player, winner of a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles: Australian Open champion 1960–66, 1969–71, and 1973; US Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973; Wimbledon champion 1963, 1965, and 1970; French Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973
Word Origin and History for courting
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.
Idioms and Phrases with courting
see ball's in your court; day in court; friend in court; hold court; kangaroo court; laugh out of court; pay court to.