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COURT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Court mean? 

COURT (noun)
  The noun COURT has 10 senses:

1. an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
2. the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
3. a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played
4. a room in which a lawcourt sits
5. an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
6. the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
7. the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince
8. a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
9. Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
10. respectful deference

  Familiarity information: COURT used as a noun is familiar.


COURT (verb)
  The verb COURT has 3 senses:

1. make amorous advances towards
2. seek someone's favor
3. engage in social activities leading to marriage

  Familiarity information: COURT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COURT (noun)


Sense 1court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

court; judicature; tribunal

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

assembly (a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose)

Meronyms (parts of "court"):

Bench (the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively)

Meronyms (members of "court"):

jury (a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "court"):

military court (a judicial court of commissioned officers for the discipline and punishment of military personnel)

moot court (a mock court where law students argue hypothetical cases)

police court (a court that has power to prosecute for minor offenses and to bind over for trial in a superior court anyone accused serious offenses)

probate court (a court having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the administration of estates)

quarter sessions (a local court with criminal jurisdiction and sometimes administrative functions)

Rota ((Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts)

Star Chamber (a former English court that became notorious for its arbitrary methods and severe punishments)

superior court (any court that has jurisdiction above an inferior court)

high court; state supreme court; supreme court (the highest court in most states of the United States)

traffic court (a court that has power to prosecute for traffic offences)

trial court (the first court before which the facts of a case are decided)

kangaroo court (an irregular unauthorized court)

juvenile court (a court having jurisdiction over dependent and delinquent children)

Inquisition (a former tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (1232-1820) created to discover and suppress heresy)

International Court of Justice; World Court (a court established to settle disputes between members of the United Nations)

appeals court; appellate court; court of appeals (a court whose jurisdiction is to review decisions of lower courts or agencies)

assizes; court of assize; court of assize and nisi prius (the county courts of England (replaced in 1971 by crown courts))

chancery; court of chancery (a court with jurisdiction in equity)

consistory (a church tribunal or governing body)

criminal court (a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases)

divorce court (a court having jurisdiction over the termination of marriage contracts)

court of domestic relations; domestic relations court; family court (a court in some states in the United States that has jurisdiction over family disputes (especially those involving children))

federal court (a court establish by the authority of a federal government)

F.I.S.C.; Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a secret federal court created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; responsible for authorizing wiretaps and other forms of electronic surveillance and for authorizing searches of suspected spies and terrorists by the Department of Justice or United States intelligence agencies)

inferior court; lower court (any court whose decisions can be appealed to a higher court)


Sense 2court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

royal court; court

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

authorities; government; regime (the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "court"):

Court of Saint James's (the British royal court)

Porte; Sublime Porte (the Ottoman court in Constantinople)


Sense 3court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

players had to reserve a court in advance

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

athletic field; field; playing area; playing field (a piece of land prepared for playing a game)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "court"):

volleyball court (the court on which volleyball is played)

tennis court (the court on which tennis is played)

squash court (the indoor court in which squash is played)

piste (a flat rectangular area for fencing bouts)

handball court (the court on which handball is played)

basketball court (the court on which basketball is played)

badminton court (the court on which badminton is played)


Sense 4court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A room in which a lawcourt sits

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

courtroom; court

Context example:

television cameras were admitted in the courtroom

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

room (an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling)

Meronyms (parts of "court"):

bar ((law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried)

bench ((law) the seat for judges in a courtroom)

jury box (an enclosure within a courtroom for the jury)

witness box; witness stand (a box enclosure for a witness when testifying)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Holonyms ("court" is a part of...):

courthouse (a building that houses judicial courts)


Sense 5court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

courtyard; court

Context example:

the house was built around an inner court

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

area (a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "court"):

atrium (the central area in a building; open to the sky)

parvis (a courtyard or portico in front of a building (especially a cathedral))

forecourt (the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildings)

food court (an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area))

cloister (a courtyard with covered walks (as in religious institutions))

bailey (the outer courtyard of a castle)

Holonyms ("court" is a part of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)


Sense 6court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The residence of a sovereign or nobleman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the king will visit the duke's court

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

residence (the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president))


Sense 7court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The family and retinue of a sovereign or prince

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

royal court; court

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

cortege; entourage; retinue; suite (the group following and attending to some important person)


Sense 8court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

motor hotel; motor inn; motor lodge; tourist court; court

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

hotel (a building where travelers can pay for lodging and meals and other services)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "court"):

motel (a motor hotel)


Sense 9Court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Margaret Court; Court

Instance hypernyms:

tennis player (an athlete who plays tennis)


Sense 10court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Respectful deference

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

homage; court

Context example:

pay court to the emperor

Hypernyms ("court" is a kind of...):

deference; respect (a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard)


COURT (verb)


Sense 1court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make amorous advances towards

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

court; romance; solicit; woo

Context example:

John is courting Mary

Hypernyms (to "court" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "court"):

chase; chase after (pursue someone sexually or romantically)

display (attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Seek someone's favor

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

woo; court

Context example:

China is wooing Russia

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3court [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engage in social activities leading to marriage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

We were courting for over ten years

Hypernyms (to "court" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue court
Sam cannot court Sue


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