What does Court mean?

Definitions for Court
kɔrt, koʊrtcourt

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Court.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. court, tribunal, judicaturenoun

    an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

  2. court, courtroomnoun

    a room in which a lawcourt sits

    "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom"

  3. court, royal courtnoun

    the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state

  4. courtnoun

    a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played

    "players had to reserve a court in advance"

  5. Court, Margaret Courtnoun

    Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)

  6. court, royal courtnoun

    the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince

  7. motor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court, courtnoun

    a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area

  8. court, lawcourt, court of law, court of justicenoun

    a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws

  9. courtnoun

    the residence of a sovereign or nobleman

    "the king will visit the duke's court"

  10. court, courtyardnoun

    an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings

    "the house was built around an inner court"

  11. court, homageverb

    respectful deference

    "pay court to the emperor"

  12. woo, court, romance, solicitverb

    make amorous advances towards

    "John is courting Mary"

  13. woo, courtverb

    seek someone's favor

    "China is wooing Russia"

  14. courtverb

    engage in social activities leading to marriage

    "We were courting for over ten years"


  1. courtnoun

    An enclosed 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.

    The girls were playing in the court.

  2. courtnoun

    The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace.

    The noblemen visited the queen in her court.

  3. courtnoun

    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.

    The queen and her court traveled to the city to welcome back the soldiers.

  4. courtnoun

    Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court.

  5. courtnoun

    Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.

  6. courtnoun

    The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.

    Many famous criminals have been put on trial in this court.

  7. courtnoun

    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.

    The 'court started proceedings at 11 o' clock.

  8. courtnoun

    A tribunal established for the administration of justice.

  9. courtnoun

    The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.

  10. courtverb

    To woo; to attempt to win over with social activities and displays of tact and affection.

  11. courtverb

    To be involved romantically with someone.

  12. courtnoun

    The session of a judicial assembly.

    The court is now in session.

  13. courtnoun

    Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.

  14. courtnoun

    A place arranged for playing the games of tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball and some other games; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.

  15. Courtnoun

    An abbreviated term of respect for any court ("the Court").

  16. Courtnoun

    for someone who worked or lived in a court.

  17. Etymology: From cort, from cortem (accusative of cors), ultimately from cohors.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COURTnoun

    Etymology: cour, Fr. koert, Dut. curtis, low Latin.

    Here do you keep a hundred knights and squires,
    Men so disorderly, so debauch’d and bold,
    That this our court, infected with their manners,
    Shews like a riotous inn; Epicurism and lust,
    Make it more like a tavern, or a brothel,
    Than a grac’d palace. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    It shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls. Isaiah, xxvi. 13.

    His care and exactness, that every man should have his due, was such, that you would think he had never seen a court: the politeness and civility with which this justice was administred, would convince you he never had lived out of one. Matthew Prior, Dedication.

    A suppliant to your royal court I come. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    Are you acquainted with the difference
    That holds this present question in the court? William Shakespeare.

    St. Paul being brought unto the highest court in Athens, to give an account of the doctrine he had preached, concerning Jesus and the resurrection, took occasion to imprint on those magistrates a future state. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    You must have, before you come to the front, three courts: a green court plain, with a wall about it; a second court of the same, but more garnished, with little turrets, or other embellishments upon the wall; and a third court, to square with the front, not to be built but inclosed with a naked wall. Francis Bacon, Essay 46.

    Suppose it were the king’s bedchamber, yet the meanest man in the tragedy must come and dispatch his business, rather than in the lobby or court yard (which is fitter for him), for fear the stage should be cleared, and the scenes broken. Dryd.

    Their wisdom was so highly esteemed, that some of them were always employed to follow the courts of their kings, to advise them. William Temple.

    If any noise or soldier you perceive
    Near to the wall, by some apparent sign
    Let us have knowledge at the court of guard. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The archbishop
    Of Canterbury, accompanied with other
    Learned and reverend fathers of his order,
    Held a late court at Dunstable. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I have at last met with the proceedings of the court baron, held in that behalf. Spectator, №. 623.

    Hast thou been never base? Did love ne’er bend
    Thy frailer virtue, to betray thy friend?
    Flatter me, make thy court, and say it did;
    Kings in a crowd would have their vices hid. John Dryden, Aureng.

    Some sort of people, placing a great part of their happiness in strong drink, are always forward to make court to my young master, by offering that which they love best themselves. John Locke, sect. 18.

    I have been considering why poets have such ill success in making their court, since they are allowed to be the greatest and best of all flatterers: the defect is, that they flatter only in print or in writing. Jonathan Swift, to Gay.

  2. To Courtverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Follow a shadow, it flies you;
    Seem to fly it, it will pursue:
    So court a mistress, she denies you;
    Let her alone, she will court you. Ben Jonson, Forest.

    Fir’d with her love, and with ambition led,
    The neighb’ring princes court her nuptial bed. John Dryden, Æn.

    Alas! Sempronius, wouldst thou talk of love
    To Marcia, whilst her father’s life’s in danger?
    Thou might’st as well court the pale trembling vestal,
    While she beholds the holy flame expiring. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Ev’n now, when silent scorn is all they gain,
    A thousand court you, though they court in vain. Alexander Pope.

    Their own ease and satisfaction would quickly teach children to court commendation, and avoid doing what they found condemned. John Locke, on Education, sect. 59.


  1. court

    A court is a governmental body that has the authority to adjudicate legal disputes, apply the law, and provide a forum for the resolution of conflicts between parties. It is typically comprised of one or more judges or justices who preside over proceedings, listen to evidence, consider arguments from both sides, and ultimately render a judgment or decision based on the applicable laws and regulations. Courts play a crucial role in upholding justice, interpreting laws, and protecting the rights of individuals within a given jurisdiction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtnoun

    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

  2. Courtnoun

    the residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace

  3. Courtnoun

    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

  4. Courtnoun

    any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court

  5. Courtnoun

    attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery

  6. Courtnoun

    the hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered

  7. Courtnoun

    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

  8. Courtnoun

    a tribunal established for the administration of justice

  9. Courtnoun

    the judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both

  10. Courtnoun

    the session of a judicial assembly

  11. Courtnoun

    any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical

  12. Courtnoun

    a place arranged for playing the game of tennis; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court

  13. Courtverb

    to endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with

  14. Courtverb

    to endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in marriage; to woo

  15. Courtverb

    to attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek

  16. Courtverb

    to invite by attractions; to allure; to attract

  17. Courtverb

    to play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting

  18. Etymology: [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. Court

    A court is a tribunal, often a governmental institution, with the authority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal, and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law. In both common law and civil law legal systems, courts are the central means for dispute resolution, and it is generally understood that all persons have an ability to bring their claims before a court. Similarly, the rights of those accused of a crime include the right to present a defense before a court. The system of courts that interprets and applies the law is collectively known as the judiciary. The place where a court sits is known as a venue. The room where court proceedings occur is known as a courtroom, and the building as a courthouse; court facilities range from simple and very small facilities in rural communities to large buildings in cities. The practical authority given to the court is known as its jurisdiction – the court's power to decide certain kinds of questions or petitions put to it. According to William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, a court is constituted by a minimum of three parties: the actor or plaintiff, who complains of an injury done; the reus or defendant, who is called upon to make satisfaction for it, and the judex or judicial power, which is to examine the truth of the fact, to determine the law arising upon that fact, and, if any injury appears to have been done, to ascertain and by its officers to apply a legal remedy. It is also usual in the superior courts to have attorneys, and advocates or counsel, as assistants, though, often, courts consist of additional attorneys, bailiffs, reporters, and perhaps a jury.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Court

    kōrt, n. a space enclosed: a space surrounded by houses: the palace of a sovereign: the body of persons who form his suite or council: attention: civility, as 'to pay court:' (law) the hall of justice; the judges and officials who preside there: any body of persons assembled to decide causes, whether civil, military, or ecclesiastical.—v.t. to pay attentions to: to woo: to solicit: to seek.—ns. Court′-bar′on, the assembly of freehold tenants of a manor under a lord; Court′-card (see Coat-card); Court′-cup′board (Shak.), a movable cupboard or sideboard on which plate was displayed; Court′-day, a day on which a judicial court sits; Court′-dress, the special regulation costume worn on state or ceremonious occasions; Court′-dress′er, a flatterer.—adj. Courteous (kurt′yus), of court-like manners: polite: respectful: obliging.—adv. Courteously (kurt′-).—ns. Courteousness, (kurt′-); Court′-fool, a fool or jester, formerly kept at court for amusement; Court′-guide, a guide to, or directory of, the names and residences of the nobility in a town; Court′-hand, a modification of the Norman handwriting, as distinguished from the modern or Italian handwriting, in use in the English law-courts from the 16th century to the reign of George II.; Court′-house, a building where the law-courts are held; Court′ier, one who frequents courts or palaces: one who courts or flatters; Court′ierism, the behaviour or practices of a courtier.—adv. Court′ierly.—ns. Court′ing, paying addresses to a woman, wooing; (Spens.) attendance at court; Court′-leet, a court of record held in a manor before the lord or his steward; Court′let, a petty court.—adj. Court′-like, courtly: polite.—ns. Court′liness; Court′ling, a hanger-on at court.—adj. Court′ly, having manners like those at a court: elegant.—ns. Court′-mar′tial, a court held by officers of the army or navy for the trial of offences against military or naval laws:—pl. Courts′-mar′tial; one improvised in time of war round an upturned drum for summary judgment is a Drumhead court-martial; Court′-plas′ter, sticking-plaster made of silk, originally applied as patches on the face by ladies at court; Court′-roll, the record of a court of justice; Court′ship, courtly behaviour: the act of wooing with intention to marry; Court′-sword, a light dress-sword worn as part of court-dress; Court′yard, a court or enclosed ground before a house.—Court holy water, empty compliments: (obs.) flattery. [O. Fr. cort (Fr. cour)—Low L. cortis, a courtyard—L. cors, cohors, an enclosure; akin to Gr. chortos, an enclosed place, L. hortus, a garden. See Yard.]

Editors Contribution

  1. courtnoun

    0.) Commanders official building of business to a case that's original or the earliest version of a text, to which later versions can be compared. 1.) A tribunal presided over by a judge, judges, or a magistrate in civil and criminal cases. The place where such a tribunal meets. The judge or judges presiding at such a tribunal. 2.) A quadrangular area, either open or covered, marked out for ball games such as tennis or basketball. A subdivision of a building, usually a large hall extending to the ceiling with galleries and staircases. 3.) The establishment, retinue, and courtiers of a sovereign. A sovereign and his or her councilors, constituting a ruling power. A sovereign's residence. Try to attract a mate. Pay special attention to win their support or favor. Go to great lengths to win.

    I built my court with magnificent stones on Our Rock Jesus Christ.

    Etymology: Citadel

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on October 23, 2023  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COURT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Court is ranked #12289 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Court surname appeared 2,530 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Court.

    90.8% or 2,298 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 117 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 55 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Court' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #285

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Court' in Written Corpus Frequency: #861

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Court' in Nouns Frequency: #63

Anagrams for Court »

  1. turco

  2. crout

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Court in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Court in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Court in a Sentence

  1. Melissa Murray:

    You don't have an opportunity to object to the passage of those restrictive laws in your home state if there are suppressive voter laws -- and of course there are suppressive voter laws, in part because The US Supreme Court has dismantled the Voting Rights Act preclearance regime, the US Supreme Court has absented The US Supreme Court from the question of partisan gerrymandering, so there's no federal court solution. The US Supreme Court's really left to the states to deal with those issues. And The US Supreme Court's a bit like allowing a burglar to correct whatever he's stolen when he's burgled your home.

  2. The Missouri Supreme Court:

    To help restore public trust and confidence in the Ferguson municipal court division, the Supreme Court of Missouri today transferred Judge Roy L. Richter of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, to the St. Louis County Circuit Court, where he will be assigned to hear all of Ferguson's pending and future municipal division cases, extraordinary action is warranted in Ferguson, but the court also is examining reforms that are needed on a statewide basis.

  3. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    I could have spoken from Rhode Island where I have been staying ... But I felt that, in speaking from the house of Lincoln, of Jackson, and of Wilson, my words would better convey both the sadness I feel in the action I was compelled today to make and the firmness with which I intend to pursue this course until the orders of the federal court at Little Rock can be executed without unlawful interference. (On sending troops to enforce integration in Little Rock AR High School)

  4. Luis Miranda:

    We're going to continue to cast a spotlight on the Republican obstructionism on the Supreme Court and highlight how the issues before Supreme Court or potentially before Supreme Court have a major impact on the lives of the American people, too many issues at the heart of our democracy head before the court every year and deserve a full bench's consideration, so to extend the dysfunction that plagues congress to Supreme Court is unacceptable. The DNC said Thursday's call would center on voting rights, an issue that's also become a major topic for Democratic presidential candidates ahead of the South Carolina primary Saturday. The leak Wednesday that White House vetters were probing the Republican governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, also seemed designed to signal that President Barack Obama was considering moderate nominees in President Barack Obama selection process. Aides say President Barack Obama has not yet formed a.

  5. Finley Peter Dunne:

    An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court.

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