Hypertext Webster Gateway: "court"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

the enclosure of the tabernacle (Ex. 27:9-19; 40:8), of the
temple (1 Kings 6:36), of a prison (Neh. 3:25), of a private
house (2 Sam. 17:18), and of a king's palace (2 Kings 20:4).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Court \Court\, n.

{Court of claims} (Law), a court for settling claims against
a state or government; specif., a court of the United
States, created by act of Congress, and holding its
sessions at Washington. It is given jurisdiction over
claims on contracts against the government, and sometimes
may advise the government as to its liabilities. Couveuse
\Cou`veuse"\, n. [F.] (Med.)
An incubator for sickly infants, esp. those prematurely born.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Court \Court\ (k?rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. co?r, LL.
cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis,
chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng;
co- + a root akin to Gr. ???? inclosure, feeding place, and
to E. garden, yard, orchard. See {Yard}, and cf. {Cohort},
1. 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.

The courts the house of our God. --Ps. cxxxv.

And round the cool green courts there ran a row Cf
cloisters. --Tennyson.

Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court.

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

Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak.

This our court, infected with their manners, Shows
like a riotous inn. --Shak.

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.

My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door
would speak with you. --Shak.

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove. --Sir. W.

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

The princesses held their court within the fortress.

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

No solace could her paramour intreat Her once to
show, ne court, nor dalliance. --Spenser.

I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of
Newcastle. --Evelyn.

6. (Law)
(a) The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is
(b) 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.
(c) A tribunal established for the administration of
(d) The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel
or jury, or both.

Most heartily I do beseech the court To give the
judgment. --Shak.

7. The session of a judicial assembly.

8. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.

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

{Christian court}, the English ecclesiastical courts in the
aggregate, or any one of them.

{Court breeding}, education acquired at court.

{Court card}. Same as {Coat card}.

{Court circular}, one or more paragraphs of news respecting
the sovereign and the royal family, together with the
proceedings or movements of the court generally, supplied
to the newspapers by an officer specially charged with
such duty. [Eng.] --Edwards.

{Court day}, a day on which a court sits to administer

{Court dress}, the dress prescribed for appearance at the
court of a sovereign.

{Court fool}, a buffoon or jester, formerly kept by princes
and nobles for their amusement.

{Court guide}, a directory of the names and adresses of the
nobility and gentry in a town.

{Court hand}, the hand or manner of writing used in records
and judicial proceedings. --Shak.

{Court lands} (Eng. Law), lands kept in demesne, -- that is,
for the use of the lord and his family.

{Court marshal}, one who acts as marshal for a court.

{Court party}, a party attached to the court.

{Court rolls}, the records of a court. See{Roll}.

{Court in banc}, or {Court in bank}, The full court sitting
at its regular terms for the hearing of arguments upon
questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi

{Court of Arches}, {audience}, etc. See under {Arches},
{Audience}, etc.

{Court of Chancery}. See {Chancery}, n.

{Court of Common pleas}. (Law) See {Common pleas}, under

{Court of Equity}. See under {Equity}, and {Chancery}.

{Court of Inquiry} (Mil.), a court appointed to inquire into
and report on some military matter, as the conduct of an

{Court of St. James}, the usual designation of the British
Court; -- so called from the old palace of St. James,
which is used for the royal receptions, levees, and

{The court of the Lord}, the temple at Jerusalem; hence, a
church, or Christian house of worship.

{General Court}, the legislature of a State; -- so called
from having had, in the colonial days, judicial power; as,
the General Court of Massachusetts. [U.S.]

{To pay one's court}, to seek to gain favor by attentions.
``Alcibiades was assiduous in paying his {court} to
Tissaphernes.'' --Jowett.

{To put out of court}, to refuse further judicial hearing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Court \Court\, v. i.
1. To play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Court \Court\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Courted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery;
to try to ingratiate one's self with.

By one person, hovever, Portland was still
assiduously courted. --Macaulay.

2. To endeavor to gain the affections of; to seek in
marriage; to woo.

If either of you both love Katharina . . . leave
shall you have to court her at your pleasure.

3. To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek.

They might almost seem to have courted the crown of
martyrdem. --Prescott.

Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and silitude.
--De Quincey.

4. To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.

A well-worn pathway courted us To one green wicket
in a privet hedge. --Tennyson.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct
judicial business [syn: {tribunal}, {judicature}]
2: the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power
of a state [syn: {royal court}]
3: a specially marked area within which a game is played;
"players had to reserve a court in advance"
4: a room in which a law court sits; "television cameras were
admitted in the courtroom" [syn: {courtroom}]
5: a yard wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings;
"the house was built around an inner court" [syn: {courtyard}]
6: the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; "the king will
visit the duke's court"
7: the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince [syn: {royal
8: a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to
parking area [syn: {motel}, {motor hotel}, {motor inn}, {motor
lodge}, {tourist court}]
9: Australian woman tennis player who won many major
championships (born in 1947) [syn: {Court}, {Margaret
10: respectful deference; "pay court to the emperor" [syn: {homage}]
v 1: make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn:
{woo}, {romance}, {solicit}]
2: seek someone's favor; "China is wooing Russia" [syn: {woo}]
3: engage in social activities leading to marriage; "We were
courting for over ten years"

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