court

[ kawrt, kohrt ]
/ kɔrt, koʊrt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.

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Idioms for court

    hold court,
    1. to have a formal assembly of a judicial tribunal or one held by a sovereign.
    2. to be surrounded by one's disciples or admirers, giving advice, exchanging gossip, receiving compliments, etc.
    out of court,
    1. without a legal hearing; privately: The case will be settled out of court.
    2. out of the question; undeserving of discussion: This wild scheme is entirely out of court.

Origin of court

1125–75; Middle English co(u)rt < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin cohort- (stem of cohors) farmyard; see cohort

OTHER WORDS FROM court

out·court, verb (used with object)un·court·ed, adjectiveun·court·ing, adjectivewell-court·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH court

caught court cot
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British Dictionary definitions for courting (1 of 2)

court
/ (kɔːt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for court

C12: from Old French, from Latin cohors cohort

British Dictionary definitions for courting (2 of 2)

Court
/ (kɔːt) /

noun

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
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Idioms and Phrases with courting

court

see ball's in your court; day in court; friend in court; hold court; kangaroo court; laugh out of court; pay court to.

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