[ kawrt, kohrt ]
/ kɔrt, koʊrt /
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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 a mate.



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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

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English co(u)rt, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin cohort- (stem of cohors ) “farmyard”; see cohort
outcourt, verb (used with object)un·court·ed, adjectiveun·court·ing, adjectivewell-courted, adjective
caught, court , cot

Definition for court (2 of 2)

[ kawrt, kohrt ]
/ kɔrt, koʊrt /


Margaret Smith, born 1942, Australian tennis player.
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British Dictionary definitions for court (1 of 2)

/ (kɔːt) /



C12: from Old French, from Latin cohors cohort

British Dictionary definitions for court (2 of 2)

/ (kɔːt) /


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 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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