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Usage statistics for the noun court:

spoken English22.5%written English77.5% conversational speech20.62%task-oriented speech79.38% imaginative writing15.5%informational writing84.5%
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Definition of the noun court

What does court mean as a name of something?

Court is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: courts

  1. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
  2. a room in which a lawcourt sits
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of court: courtroom
    • more generic word: room = an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
    • part of: courthouse = a building that houses judicial courts
    • parts:
      • bar = a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
      • bench = the seat for judges in a courtroom
      • jury box = an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury
      • witness stand / witness box = a box enclosure for a witness when testifying
  3. the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
  4. a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
  5. Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
  6. the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince
  7. a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
  8. a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws
  9. the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
    • example: the king will visit the duke's court
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: residence = the official house or establishment of an important person
  10. an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
    • example: the house was built around an inner court
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of court: courtyard
    • more generic word: area = a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
    • more specific terms:
      • atrium = the central area in a building
      • bailey = the outer courtyard of a castle
      • cloister = a courtyard with covered walks
      • food court = an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold
      • forecourt = the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildings
      • parvis = a courtyard or portico in front of a building
    • part of: building / edifice = a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  11. respectful deference
    • example: pay court to the emperor
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of court: homage
    • more generic words: deference / respect = a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

Alternative definition of the noun court


  1. 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.
  2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace.
  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.
  4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court.
  5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.
  6. The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
  7. 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. A tribunal established for the administration of justice.
  9. The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.
  10. The session of a judicial assembly.
  11. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
  12. [sport] 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.

Specialised definition of the noun court

Glossary of sports

the playing area in some sports, e.g. basketball and tennis (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an area where a game of tennis or squash, etc., is played (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / badminton

the badminton court is 17 by 44 feet for singles, 20 by 44 feet for doubles. There is a short service line, 6 feet and 6 inches from the net, on each side of the court, that marks the beginning of the service court. A long service line, 2 feet and 6 inches from each backline, marks the end of the service court

Glossary of sports / basketball

the playing area for a game of basketball, which varies in size, depending on the level of play. College and National Basketball Association courts are 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. The court used in international play is 91 feet, 10 inches, by 49 feet, 2 ¼ inches. The court is bounded by baselines and sidelines and is divided in half by a center line

the 94' x 50' area bounded by 2 sidelines and 2 end lines containing a basket at each end, on which a basketball game is played

Glossary of sports / kabadi

each of the two equal areas into which the pitch is divided

Glossary of sports / table tennis

the playing area on one side of the net, which is 5 feet wide and 4 ½ feet long. Sometimes used to mean the entire surface of the table

Glossary of sports / tennis

the tennis court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide for singles, 36 feet wide for doubles. It is divided across the middle by the net. Service lines are marked 21 feet from each side of the net and parallel to it. The area bounded by the singles sidelines and the service line is divided into two equal parts, the service courts, by the center service line, which is halfway between the sidelines and parallel to them

Definition of the verb court

What does court mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: courted | courting | courts

  1. make amorous advances towards
    • example: John is courting Mary
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]Bill and Kathy married
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Bill married Kathy

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): cuddle, date, divorce, embrace, hug, kiss, marry, nuzzle, pet.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of court: romance / solicit / woo
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • chase after / chase = pursue someone sexually or romantically
      • display = attract attention by displaying some body part or posing
  2. seek someone's favor
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of court: woo
  3. engage in social activities leading to marriage
    • examples: We were courting for over ten years | Sam and Sue court | Sam cannot court Sue
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform


  1. Court a.k.a. Courtney Mathewson: Courtney Lynn Kaiulani Mathewson is an American athlete. She played water polo for the University of California, Los Angeles Bruins during their four-consecutive NCAA National Champion Women's Water Polo championships, and was named to the All-Tournament first team. At UCLA, she majored in sociology.
  2. Court a.k.a. Courtney E. Hansen is a film actress and producer.

There are other people with in their name, like Ben Court, Ian Court, Jon Court, Ken Court, Rob Court, Tom Court, Andy Court, Doug Court, G.W. Court, Jean Court and many others.


Court is a record label.


  1. Court is a fictional character from West of the Pecos.
  2. Court is a fictional character from the film Sea Devils.

There are other characters with in their name, like Ray Court, Court Lady, Lynn Court, Court clerk, Court Judge, Court usher, Diane Court, Court Jester, Court Marshal, Court Martial, Court Officer, Court-martial, Court reporter, President of the Court, 1st Supreme Court Justice, 2nd Supreme Court Justice, 5th Supreme Court Justice and Sixth Supreme Court Justice.


  1. "Court" is a short film, written and directed by Dekel Nitzan.
  2. "Court" a.k.a. "Court!" is a film, directed by Jerome Hof.
    • country: Canada
    • genres: Comedy, Drama
    • released in (4 years ago)


  1. The court in which this case was heard.
  2. The court this judge sat upon. E.g., in some jurisdictions, judges are assigned to specific courts for the duration of their term.
  3. Court: A court that heard cases in this courthouse.
  4. The court or courts that sit at this courthouse.

Phrases with Court

Phrases starting with the word Court:

  1. Court Fee
  2. court card
  3. court game
  4. Court shoe
  5. Court Baron
  6. Court costs
  7. court favor
  8. court order
  9. Court Sense

Phrases ending with the word Court:

  1. In Court
  2. to court
  3. law court
  4. food court
  5. high court
  6. home court
  7. moot court
  8. Tout court
  9. Grass court
  10. lower court
  11. night court

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Court

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Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1898)

by David Shephard Garland, James Cockcroft, Lucius Polk McGehee, Charles Porterfield

A court is an incorporeal being, which requires for its existence the presence of the judge.3 The words "judge" and "court"

In this latter case it is said: " Blackstone, adopting Coke's definition, says, ' A court is a place where justice is judicially ...

Google previewThe New Universal Traveller (1779)

Containing a Full and Distinct Account of All the Empires, Kingdoms, and States, in the Known World

The second court is a magnificent Gothic quadrangle, a hundred and seventy-two feet in ...

Google previewThe American Supreme Court (2010)

Fifth Edition by Robert G. McCloskey

contestable observationsmade in the preceding chapter—that the Supreme Court is a willful, policy-making agency of...

Google previewAustralia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow (2013)

by Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski

The Children's Court is a critical social institution, deciding important social and legal issues relating to children and families.

Google previewThe Golden Era of Golf (2000)

How America Rose to Dominate the Old Scots Game by Al Barkow

A tennis court is a tennis court is a tennis court. Even a baseball diamond is a baseball diamond is a baseball diamond (except for the outfield dimensions—a comparatively small matter). But every golf course is a golf course separate and ...

Google previewJudges on Judging (2012)

Views from the Bench by David M. O'Brien

Justice, Supreme Court of the United States (1972–1987) The courT is a place where Justices, and...

Google previewInternational Civil Procedure [2007] II (2007)

by Christian Campbell

The intermediate appellate court is the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which may review decisions from all United States...

The United States Supreme Court is the court of final review for each of the 13 circuits of the courts of appeal.

Google previewSocial Work Practice and the Law (2011)

by Dr. Lyn K. Slater, PhD, Kara R. Finck, JD

A Tribal Healing to Wellness Court is a component of the tribal justice system that incorporates and uses principles of spiritual and physical healing and a return to a state of balance or harmony, to meet the specific substance abuse needs of ...

Google previewSupplement to the Dictionary of the decisions of the Court of Session (1826)

by Scotland. Court of Session, Mungo Ponton Brown, William Maxwell Morison

Court of Session, Mungo Ponton Brown, William Maxwell Morison. 1693. January 20. John Grieve of Pinacle against William Rutherford. The Lords reponed Mr. John Grieve of Pinacle against William Rutherford's decreet, on the account it was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Maryland (1999)

by Nancy Capace

more City, the Municipal Court of Baltimore City, and of the People's Courts of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince George's, Wicomico Counties and Baltimore County who is in office on the effective date of these amendments shall continue in ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Law (2015)

by Jonathan Law

youth court A *magistrates' court exercising jurisdiction over crimes committed by *juvenile...

The court consists of either three lay *magistrates (at least one of whom should normally be a man and one a woman) or ...

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Usage statistics about court

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun court:

spoken English22.5%written English77.5% conversational speech20.62%task-oriented speech79.38% imaginative writing15.5%informational writing84.5%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb court:


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Quotes about Court

Because homecoming came first, and there was the homecoming court. The five guys on homecoming court were disqualified from being in the prom court. So being prom king was being sixth most popular. (Andy Richter)
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Scrabble value of C3O1U1R1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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