- 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)
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Idioms for 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 courtoutcourt, verb (used with object)un·court·ed, adjectiveun·court·ing, adjectivewell-courted, adjective
Definition for court (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for court
In emergency applications, the court often does not explain its reasoning, nor does it provide a breakdown of the vote.Supreme Court continues capital punishment trend with Barrett on the bench|Robert Barnes|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Winston believes he’ll be able to handle to any situation thrown at him on the court.Wizards’ plan for John Wall involves fewer minutes, more run for Ish Smith, Cassius Winston|Ava Wallace|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
This week, attorneys for The Post wrote to the court, protesting the decision to permit the case to move forward confidentially.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
Paul’s shooting ability should create more space for Booker to operate in the half-court, and Williams can stagger their minutes to ensure a quality lead playmaker will always be on the court.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder|Ben Golliver|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
They will experiment with lineups, and Brooks wants to give him opportunities on court when warranted.How did Deni Avdija catch the eye of Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard? It started with his name.|Ava Wallace|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
In 1907, Picasso was courting his first great love, Fernande Olivier.
But she longed for home and another New York agency was courting her.
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?|Robert Silverman|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And since local producers have been busy enough growing their own markets, courting Westerners hasn't been a priority.
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|Jeff Greenfield|June 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I have referred to the opportunities for courting upon the wild rice fields.Indian Boyhood|[AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
The custom of the country requires the girl to do all the courting.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)|Carl Lumholtz
Young Dowgate was courting Jane Comfort when he gave her her prayer-book, and recorded the presentation in the fly-leaf.Old and New London|Walter Thornbury
He may be fond of displaying his superiority, and of courting the applause and distinction which it brings.
The old people did all the courting there was done, which was not much.Plain Facts for Old and Young|John Harvey Kellogg
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)
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.