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English noun: court

1. court (group) an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business

Synonymsjudicature, tribunal

Broader (hypernym)assembly

Narrower (hyponym)appeals court, appellate court, assizes, chancery, consistory, court, court of appeals, court of assize, court of assize and nisi prius, court of chancery, court of domestic relations, court of justice, court of law, criminal court, divorce court, domestic relations court, F.I.S.C., family court, federal court, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, high court, inferior court, Inquisition, International Court of Justice, juvenile court, kangaroo court, lawcourt, lower court, military court, moot court, police court, probate court, quarter sessions, Rota, Star Chamber, state supreme court, superior court, supreme court, traffic court, trial court, World Court

Part holonymBench

Member holonymjury

2. court (artifact) a room in which a lawcourt sits

SamplesTelevision cameras were admitted in the courtroom.


Broader (hypernym)room

Part holonymbar, bench, jury box, witness box, witness stand

Part meronymcourthouse

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

3. court (group) the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state

Synonymsroyal court

Broader (hypernym)authorities, government, regime

Narrower (hyponym)Court of Saint James's, Porte, Sublime Porte

4. court (artifact) a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played

SamplesPlayers had to reserve a court in advance.

Broader (hypernym)athletic field, field, playing area, playing field

Narrower (hyponym)badminton court, basketball court, handball court, piste, squash court, tennis court, volleyball court

5. Court (person) Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)

SynonymsMargaret Court

Instance hypernymtennis player

6. court (group) the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince

Synonymsroyal court

Broader (hypernym)cortege, entourage, retinue, suite

7. court (artifact) a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area

Synonymsmotor hotel, motor inn, motor lodge, tourist court

Broader (hypernym)hotel

Narrower (hyponym)motel

8. court (artifact) a tribunal that is presided over by a magistrate or by one or more judges who administer justice according to the laws

Synonymscourt of justice, court of law, lawcourt

Broader (hypernym)court, judicature, tribunal

9. court (artifact) the residence of a sovereign or nobleman

SamplesThe king will visit the duke's court.

Broader (hypernym)residence

10. court (artifact) an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings

SamplesThe house was built around an inner court.


Broader (hypernym)area

Narrower (hyponym)atrium, bailey, cloister, food court, forecourt, parvis

Part meronymbuilding, edifice

11. court (act) respectful deference

SamplesPay court to the emperor.


Broader (hypernym)deference, respect

English verb: court

1. court (social) make amorous advances towards

SamplesJohn is courting Mary.

Synonymsromance, solicit, woo

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)chase, chase after, display

2. court (social) seek someone's favor

SamplesChina is wooing Russia.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

3. court (social) engage in social activities leading to marriage

SamplesWe were courting for over ten years.

ExamplesSam and Sue court, Sam cannot court Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)act, move

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