Definition of "court" []

  • An extent of open ground partially or completely enclosed by walls or buildings; a courtyard. (noun)
  • A short street, especially a wide alley walled by buildings on three sides. (noun)
  • A large open section of a building, often with a glass roof or skylight. (noun)
  • A large building, such as a mansion, standing in a courtyard. (noun)
  • The place of residence of a sovereign or dignitary; a royal mansion or palace. (noun)
  • An area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A block of flats (noun)
  • A mansion or country house (noun)
  • A short street, sometimes closed at one end (noun)
  • A space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries (noun)
  • The residence, retinues, or household of a sovereign or nobleman (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A sovereign or prince and his retinue, advisers, etc (noun)
  • Any formal assembly, reception, etc, held by a sovereign or nobleman with his courtiers (noun)
  • Homage, flattering attention, or amorous approaches (esp in the phrase pay court to someone) (noun)
  • An authority having power to adjudicate in civil, criminal, military, or ecclesiastical matters (noun)
  • The regular sitting of such a judicial authority (noun)
  • The room or building in which such a tribunal sits (noun)
  • A marked outdoor or enclosed area used for any of various ball games, such as tennis, squash, etc (noun)
  • A marked section of such an area (noun)
  • The board of directors or council of a corporation, company, etc (noun)
  • The supreme council of some universities (noun)
  • A branch of any of several friendly societies (noun)
  • To attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo (verb)
  • To pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour (verb)
  • To try to obtain (fame, honour, etc) (verb)
  • To invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risks (verb)
  • To be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "court" in a sentence
  • "The court next higher than a justice's court, is a court held in each county, generally called a _county court_, or _court of common pleas_."
  • "Undoubtedly, upon a writ of error to a State court, unless the record shows a case that gives jurisdiction, the case must be dismissed for want of jurisdiction in _this court_."
  • "There is a court for the trial of persons guilty of disturbing the peace, and of such other minor offenses as are usually punishable by imprisonment in the county jail, called _police court_."