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[fawr-kawrt, fohr-kohrt]
  1. Tennis. the part of either half of a tennis court that lies between the net and the line that marks the inbounds limit of a service.Compare backcourt(def 1).
  2. a courtyard before the entrance to a building or group of buildings.
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Origin of forecourt

First recorded in 1525–35; fore- + court
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Examples from the Web for forecourt

Historical Examples of forecourt

  • In the forecourt he found one of the gardener's boys from the hanging-gardens.

    An Egyptian Princess, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • At the door of the forecourt Klea was met by Asclepiodorus, who desired her to follow him.

  • He had glanced in the forecourt and seen that there was no room in it for him.

    The Growth of a Soul

    August Strindberg

  • It is, however, very fine, and the forecourt most beautiful.

  • The forecourt gave privacy to the house even when in the centre of a town.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle

British Dictionary definitions for forecourt


  1. a courtyard in front of a building, as one in a filling station
  2. Also called: front court the front section of the court in tennis, badminton, etc, esp the area between the service line and the net
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