- court [kôrt]n.[OFr < VL curtis < L cohors (gen. cohortis), enclosed place: see COHORT]1.a) an uncovered space wholly or partly surrounded by buildings or walls; courtyardb) a special section or area of a building, as a museum, somewhat like such a space but roofed, as with a skylight2. a short street, often closed at one end3.a) a specially prepared space, usually quadrangular and often enclosed and roofed, for playing any of several games, as basketball, handball, tennis, or squashb) any of the divisions of such a space4. a mansion or manor with a large, uncovered entrance area: now used only in proper names [Hampton Court ]☆ 5. a motel: in full motor court6.a) the palace of a sovereignb) the family, advisors, and attendants of a sovereign, considered as a groupc) a sovereign together with councilors, ministers, etc. as a governing bodyd) any formal gathering, reception, etc. held by a sovereign7. respectful or flattering attention paid to someone in order to get something8. courtship; wooing9. Brit. the board of directors of a corporation10.a) a person or persons appointed to try law cases, make investigations, etc.; judge or judges; law courtb) a building or hall where trials are held, official investigations made, etc.c) a judicial assembly, whether civil, ecclesiastical, or military; also, a regular session of such an assemblyvt.1. to pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something2. to try to get the love of; seek as a mate; woo3. to try to get; seek [to court success]4. to make oneself open or liable to [to court insults]vi.to carry on a courtship; wooadj.of or fit for a court——————in one's court1. in one's side of the court, as a ball in a tennis game2. under one's control, as a decision to be made——————out of court1. without a trial in a law court2. not important enough for consideration or examination——————pay court toto court, as for favor or lovecourtern.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.