I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French curt, court, from Latin cohort-, cohors enclosure, group, retinue, cohort, from co- + -hort-, -hors (akin to hortus garden) — more at yard Date: 12th century 1. a. the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary b. a sovereign's formal assembly of councillors and officers c. the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power d. the family and retinue of a sovereign e. a reception held by a sovereign 2. a. (1) a manor house or large building surrounded by usually enclosed grounds (2) motel b. an open space enclosed wholly or partly by buildings or circumscribed by a single building c. a quadrangular space walled or marked off for playing one of various games with a ball (as lawn tennis, handball, or basketball); also a division of such a court d. a wide alley with only one opening onto a street 3. a. an official assembly for the transaction of judicial business b. a session of such a court <
court is now adjourned
c. a place (as a chamber) for the administration of justice d. a judge or judges in session; also a faculty or agency of judgment or evaluation <
rest our case in the court of world opinion — L. H. Marks
4. a. an assembly or board with legislative or administrative powers b. parliament, legislature 5. conduct or attention intended to win favor or dispel hostility ; homage <
pay court to the king
II. verb Date: 1567 transitive verb 1. a. to seek to gain or achieve <
court power
b. (1) allure, tempt (2) to act so as to invite or provoke <
courts disaster
2. a. to seek the affections of; especially to seek to win a pledge of marriage from b. of an animal to perform actions in order to attract for mating <
a male bird courting a female
3. a. to seek to attract (as by solicitous attention or offers of advantages) <
college teams courting high school basketball stars
b. to seek an alliance with intransitive verb 1. to engage in social activities leading to engagement and marriage 2. of an animal to engage in activity leading to mating

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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