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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)

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.

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_."