- Margaret (née Smith). born 1942, Australian tennis player: Australian champion 1960–66, 1969–71, and 1973; US champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973; Wimbledon champion 1963, 1965, and 1970
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a place where legal justice is administered: [countable]There will be order in this court.[uncountable]They tried to settle the case out of court.
- [countable] a group of people, such as judges, lawyers, and a jury, authorized to hear and decide legal cases:The court gasped in astonishment at the testimony.
- Building, Architecture an open area surrounded by buildings, walls, etc.:[countable]Flowers and trees grew in the court of our building.
- [countable]a short street.
- a smooth, level, four-sided area marked with lines, on which to play tennis, etc.:The court was slippery in the rain.
- the residence of a king, queen, or other high-ranking person;
palace:[countable]at the king's court.
- the people accompanying a king, queen, or other high-ranking person:[countable]Some of his plays were performed before the court of the queen.
- [uncountable] devotion;
attention in order to win favor;
homage: The knight wanted to pay court to his fair maiden.
- [~ + object] to try to win the favor or goodwill of: the president's tax plan to court the rich.
- to seek the affections of;
try to attract;
woo: [~ + object]He was courting a young lady when I met him.[no object]They were courting but couldn't marry for a few years.
- Animal Behavior(of animals) to attempt to attract (a mate) by engaging in certain specific behavior: [~ + object]The male courts a female by wrapping his neck around her.[no object]The males court to attract a mate but don't always succeed.
- [~ + object] to act so as to cause, lead to, or get (something bad);
risk: courting disaster by talking to your boss that way.
- Idioms, Lawhold court, to act as the center of attention for one's admirers:She held court out on the veranda.
- a place where justice is administered.
- a judicial tribunal duly constituted for the hearing and determination of cases.
- a session of a judicial assembly.
- Building, Architecturean area open to the sky and mostly or entirely surrounded by buildings, walls, etc.
- Building, Architecturea high interior usually having a glass roof and surrounded by several stories of galleries or the like.
- British Terms[Chiefly Irish.]a stately dwelling.
- a short street.
- Sporta smooth, level quadrangle on which to play tennis, basketball, etc.
- Sportone of the divisions of such an area.
- the residence of a sovereign or other high dignitary;
- a sovereign's or dignitary's retinue.
- Governmenta sovereign and councilors as the political rulers of a state.
- Governmenta formal assembly held by a sovereign.
- homage paid, as to a king.
- special or devoted attention in order to win favor, affection, etc.:to pay court to the king.
- Businessthe body of qualified members of a corporation, council, board, etc.
- a branch or lodge of a fraternal society.
- Animal Behavior
- an area where animals of a particular species gather to display.
- the group of insects, as honeybees, surrounding the queen;
- Idioms, Lawhold court:
- to have a formal assembly of a judicial tribunal or one held by a sovereign.
- to be surrounded by one's disciples or admirers, giving advice, exchanging gossip, receiving compliments, etc.
- Lawout of court:
- without a legal hearing;
privately:The case will be settled out of court.
- out of the question;
undeserving of discussion:This wild scheme is entirely out of court.
- without a legal hearing;
- to try to win the favor, preference, or goodwill of:to court the rich.
- to seek the affections of;
- Animal Behavior(of animals) to attempt to attract (a mate) by engaging in certain species-specific behaviors.
- to attempt to gain (applause, favor, a decision, etc.).
- to hold out inducements to;
- to act in such a manner as to cause, lead to, or provoke:to court disaster by reckless driving.
- to seek another's love;
- Animal Behavior(of animals) to engage in certain species-specific behaviors in order to attract individuals of the opposite sex for mating.
- Latin cohort- (stem of cohors) farmyard; see cohort
- Anglo-French, Old French
- Middle English co(u)rt 1125–75
Court (kôrt, kōrt),USA pronunciation n.
- an area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
- Brit (capital when part of a name) a block of flats: Selwyn Court
- a mansion or country house
- a short street, sometimes closed at one end
- a space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries
- the residence, retinues, or household of a sovereign or nobleman
- (as modifier): a court ball
- a sovereign or prince and his retinue, advisers, etc
- any formal assembly, reception, etc, held by a sovereign or nobleman with his courtiers
- homage, flattering attention, or amorous approaches (esp in the phrase pay court to someone)
- an authority having power to adjudicate in civil, criminal, military, or ecclesiastical matters
- the regular sitting of such a judicial authority
- the room or building in which such a tribunal sits
- a marked outdoor or enclosed area used for any of various ball games, such as tennis, squash, etc
- a marked section of such an area: the service court
- the board of directors or council of a corporation, company, etc
- chiefly Brit the supreme council of some universities
- a branch of any of several friendly societies
- go to court ⇒ to take legal action
- hold court ⇒ to preside over admirers, attendants, etc
- out of court ⇒ without a trial or legal case: the case was settled out of court
- too unimportant for consideration
- Brit so as to ridicule completely (in the phrase laugh out of court)
- the ball is in your court ⇒ you are obliged to make the next move
- to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo
- (transitive) to pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour
- (transitive) to try to obtain (fame, honour, etc)
- (transitive) to invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risks: to court disaster
- old-fashioned to be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage