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NOUN (11)

1. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business;
[syn: court, tribunal, judicature]

2. a room in which a lawcourt sits;
- Example: "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom"
[syn: court, courtroom]

3. the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state;
[syn: court, royal court]

4. a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played;
- Example: "players had to reserve a court in advance"

5. Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947);
[syn: Court, Margaret Court]

6. the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince;
[syn: court, royal court]

7. a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area;
[syn: motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court, court]

8. a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws;
[syn: court, lawcourt, court of law, court of justice]

9. the residence of a sovereign or nobleman;
- Example: "the king will visit the duke's court"

10. an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings;
- Example: "the house was built around an inner court"
[syn: court, courtyard]

11. respectful deference;
- Example: "pay court to the emperor"
[syn: court, homage]


VERB (3)

1. make amorous advances towards;
- Example: "John is courting Mary"
[syn: woo, court, romance, solicit]

2. seek someone's favor;
- Example: "China is wooing Russia"
[syn: woo, court]

3. engage in social activities leading to marriage;
- Example: "We were courting for over ten years"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Court \Court\ (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co- + a root akin to Gr. chorto`s inclosure, feeding place, and to E. garden, yard, orchard. See Yard, and cf. Cohort, Curtain.] 1. An inclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley. [1913 Webster] The courts of the house of our God. --Ps. cxxxv. 2. [1913 Webster] And round the cool green courts there ran a row Of cloisters. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or other dignitary; a palace. [1913 Webster] Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak. [1913 Webster] This our court, infected with their manners, Shows like a riotous inn. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state. [1913 Webster] My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door would speak with you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Love rules the court, the camp, the grove. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court. [1913 Webster] The princesses held their court within the fortress. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery. [1913 Webster] No solace could her paramour intreat Her once to show, ne court, nor dalliance. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 6. (Law) (a) The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered. (b) The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes. (c) A tribunal established for the administration of justice. (d) The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both. [1913 Webster] Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the judgment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. The session of a judicial assembly. [1913 Webster] 8. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical. [1913 Webster] 9. A place arranged for playing the game of tennis; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court. [1913 Webster] Christian court, the English ecclesiastical courts in the aggregate, or any one of them. Court breeding, education acquired at court. Court card. Same as Coat card. Court circular, one or more paragraphs of news respecting the sovereign and the royal family, together with the proceedings or movements of the court generally, supplied to the newspapers by an officer specially charged with such duty. [Eng.] --Edwards. Court of claims (Law), a court for settling claims against a state or government; specif., a court of the United States, created by act of Congress, and holding its sessions at Washington. It is given jurisdiction over claims on contracts against the government, and sometimes may advise the government as to its liabilities. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] Court day, a day on which a court sits to administer justice. Court dress, the dress prescribed for appearance at the court of a sovereign. Court fool, a buffoon or jester, formerly kept by princes and nobles for their amusement. Court guide, a directory of the names and adresses of the nobility and gentry in a town. Court hand, the hand or manner of writing used in records and judicial proceedings. --Shak. Court lands (Eng. Law), lands kept in demesne, -- that is, for the use of the lord and his family. Court marshal, one who acts as marshal for a court. Court party, a party attached to the court. Court rolls, the records of a court. SeeRoll. Court in banc, or Court in bank, The full court sitting at its regular terms for the hearing of arguments upon questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi prius. Court of Arches, audience, etc. See under Arches, Audience, etc. Court of Chancery. See Chancery, n. Court of Common pleas. (Law) See Common pleas, under Common. Court of Equity. See under Equity, and Chancery. Court of Inquiry (Mil.), a court appointed to inquire into and report on some military matter, as the conduct of an officer. Court of St. James, the usual designation of the British Court; -- so called from the old palace of St. James, which is used for the royal receptions, levees, and drawing-rooms. The court of the Lord, the temple at Jerusalem; hence, a church, or Christian house of worship. General Court, the legislature of a State; -- so called from having had, in the colonial days, judicial power; as, the General Court of Massachusetts. [U.S.] To pay one's court, to seek to gain favor by attentions. "Alcibiades was assiduous in paying his court to Tissaphernes." --Jowett. To put out of court, to refuse further judicial hearing. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Court \Court\, v. i. 1. To play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Court \Court\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Courted; p. pr. & vb. n. Courting.] 1. To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with. [1913 Webster] By one person, hovever, Portland was still assiduously courted. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. To endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in marriage; to woo. [1913 Webster] If either of you both love Katharina . . . Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek. [1913 Webster] They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom. --Prescott. [1913 Webster] Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and solitude. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 4. To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract. [1913 Webster] A well-worn pathway courted us To one green wicket in a privet hedge. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

court n 1: an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business [syn: court, tribunal, judicature] 2: a room in which a lawcourt sits; "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom" [syn: court, courtroom] 3: the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state [syn: court, royal court] 4: a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played; "players had to reserve a court in advance" 5: Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947) [syn: Court, Margaret Court] 6: the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince [syn: court, royal court] 7: a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area [syn: motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court, court] 8: a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws [syn: court, lawcourt, court of law, court of justice] 9: the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; "the king will visit the duke's court" 10: an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court" [syn: court, courtyard] 11: respectful deference; "pay court to the emperor" [syn: court, homage] v 1: make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn: woo, court, romance, solicit] 2: seek someone's favor; "China is wooing Russia" [syn: woo, court] 3: engage in social activities leading to marriage; "We were courting for over ten years"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

339 Moby Thesaurus words for "court": Autobahn, British Cabinet, Rasputin, Sanhedrin, Svengali, US Cabinet, US highway, VIP, access, act up to, address, addresses, advisory body, agree to anything, alley, alleyway, allure, amorous pursuit, angle for, approach, archery ground, arena, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, assembly, association, athletic field, attendance, attendant, attract, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, bad influence, badminton court, bar, baseball field, basketball court, beak, beau, belt highway, bench, bicameral legislature, bid for, big wheel, billiard parlor, blind alley, board, board of aldermen, body of advisers, body of retainers, borough council, boulevard, bowling alley, bowling green, brain trust, break the ice, brown-nose, bypass, byway, cabinet, camarilla, camino real, canvass, captivate, carriageway, castle, causeway, causey, chamber, chamber of deputies, charm, chase, chaussee, cincture, circumferential, city board, city council, close, cohort, commission, common council, conference, confine, congress, consultative assembly, container, coop, corduroy road, cortege, council, council fire, council of ministers, council of state, council of war, county council, county road, course, court of arbitration, court of justice, court of law, courthouse, courting, courtroom, courtyard, crescent, cricket ground, croquet ground, croquet lawn, cul-de-sac, cultivate, curry favor, curtilage, dance attendance on, dead-end street, deliberative assembly, delimited field, diamond, diet, dike, directory, dirt road, divan, dock, drive, driveway, eminence grise, enclave, enclosure, entourage, esquire, expressway, fairway, fall over, fawn upon, federal assembly, field, fish for, five-percenter, fold, follow, follower, following, football field, freeway, friend at court, gallantry, general assembly, glaciarium, golf course, golf links, good influence, gravel road, gray eminence, gridiron, ground, gym, gymnasium, heavyweight, hidden hand, highroad, highway, highways and byways, house of assembly, ice rink, infield, influence, influence peddler, influencer, ingroup, interstate highway, judgment, judicatory, judicature, judicial process, judiciary, junta, jury box, justice, key, kingmaker, kitchen cabinet, lane, law court, lay siege to, legal tribunal, legislative assembly, legislative body, legislative chamber, legislature, links, list, lobby, lobbyist, local road, look for, lords of creation, lower chamber, lower house, magistrate, main drag, main road, make advances, make court to, make suit to, make up to, man of influence, manipulator, mansion, mews, motorway, national assembly, open sesame, outfield, oval, palace, palais, palatial residence, palazzo, pale, paling, parasite, parish council, park, parkway, parliament, pave, paved road, pay addresses to, pay attention to, pay court to, pen, pike, place, plank road, play up to, playground, playing field, playroom, polish the apple, polo ground, pool hall, poolroom, pop the question, powers that be, pressure group, primary highway, private road, privy council, provincial legislature, provincial parliament, pursue, putting green, quad, quadrangle, racecourse, racket court, representative town meeting, retinue, right-of-way, ring road, rink, road, roadbed, roadway, rout, route nationale, row, royal road, run after, satellite, secondary road, seek, serenade, shine up to, sinister influence, skating rink, soccer field, solicit, soviet, spark, special interests, special-interest group, speedway, square, squash court, squire, staff, state assembly, state highway, state legislature, street, stretch, suck up to, sue, sue for, suing, suit, suite, superhighway, swain, sweetheart, syndicate, synod, tennis court, terrace, the Establishment, the courts, theater, thoroughfare, through street, thruway, toft, toll road, tower, town hall, town house, town meeting, township road, track, train, tribunal, turf, turnpike, unicameral legislature, upper chamber, upper house, very important person, villa, wheeler-dealer, wire-puller, witness box, witness stand, woo, wooing, wynd, yard
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Court the enclosure of the tabernacle (Ex. 27:9-19; 40:8), of the temple (1 Kings 6:36), of a prison (Neh. 3:25), of a private house (2 Sam. 17:18), and of a king's palace (2 Kings 20:4).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COURT, practice. A court is an incorporeal political being, which requires for its existence, the presence of the judges, or a competent number of them, and a clerk or prothonotary, at the time during which, and at the place where it is by law authorized to be held; and the performance of some public act, indicative of a design to perform the functions of a court. 2. In another sense, the judges, clerk, or prothonotary, counsellors and ministerial officers, are said to constitute the court. 3. According to Lord, Coke, a court is a place where justice is judicially administered. Co. Litt. 58, a. 4. The judges, when duly convened, are also called the court. Vide 6 Vin. Ab. 484; Wheat. Dig. 127; Merl. Rep. h.t.; 3 Com. Dig. 300; 8 Id. 386; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. 5. It sometimes happens that the judges composing a court are equally divided on questions discussed before them. It has been decided, that when such is the case on an appeal or writ of error, the judgment or decree is affirmed. 10 Wheat. 66; 11 Id. 59. If it occurs on a motion in arrest of judgment, a judgment is to be entered on the verdict. 2 Dall. Rep. 388. If on a motion for a new trial, the motion is rejected. 6 Wheat. 542. If on a motion to enter judgment on a verdict, the judgment is entered. 6 Binn. 100. In England, if the house of lords be equally divided on a writ of error, the judgment of the court below is affirmed. 1 Arch. Pr. 235. So in Cam. Scacc. 1 Arch. Pr. 240. But in error coram nobis, no judgment can be given if the judges are equally divided, except by consent. 1 Arch. Pr. 246. When the judges are equally divided on the admission of testimony, it cannot be received. But see 3 Yeates, 171. Also, 2 Bin. 173; 3 Bin. 113 4 Bin. 157; 1 Johns. Rep. 118 4 Wash. C. C. Rep. 332, 3. See Division of Opinion. 6. Courts are of various kinds. When considered as to their powers, they are of record and not of record; Bac. Ab. Courts, D; when compared. to each other, they are supreme, superior, and inferior, Id.; when examined as to their original jurisdiction, they are civil or criminal; when viewed as to their territorial jurisdiction, they are central or local; when divided as to their object, they are courts of law, courts of equity, courts martial, admiralty courts, and ecclesiastical courts. They are also courts of original jurisdiction, courts of error, and courts of appeal. Vide Open Court. 7. Courts of record cannot be deprived of their jurisdiction except by express negative words. 9 Serg. & R. 298; 3 Yeates, 479 2 Burr. 1042 1 Wm. Bl. Rep. 285. And such a court is the court of common pleas in Pennsylvania. 6 Serg. & R. 246. 8. Courts of equity are not, in general, courts of record. Their decrees touch the person, not lands. or goods. 3 Caines, 36. Yet, as to personalty, their decrees are equal to a judgment; 2. Madd. Chan. 355; 2 Salk., 507; 1 Ver. 214; 3 Caines, 35; and have preference according to priority. 3 P. Wms. 401 n.; Cas. Temp. Talb. 217; 4 Bro. P. C. 287; 4 Johns. Chan. Cas. 638. They are also conclusive between the parties. 6 Wheat. 109. Assumpsit will lie on a decree of a foreign court of chancery for a sum certain; 1 Campb. Rep. 253, per Lord Kenyon; but not for a sum not ascertained. 3 Caines, 37, (n.) In Pennsylvania, an action at law will lie on a decree of a court of chancery, but the pleas nil debet and nul tiel record cannot be pleaded in such an action. 9 Serg. & R. 258.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COURT, PRIZE. One of the branches of the English admiralty, is called a prize court. Vide Prize Court.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COURT, INSTANCE. One of the branches of the English admiralty is called an instance court. Vide Instance Court.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COURT, SUPREME. Supreme court is the name of a court having jurisdiction over all other courts Vide Courts of the United States.