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Court

Pronunciation: kōrt
n.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 of the house of our God.
- Ps. cxxxv. 2.
And round the cool green courts there ran a row
Of cloisters.
- Tennyson.
Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court.
- Macaulay.
2.The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or other 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. Scott.
4.Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign; as, to hold a court.
The princesses held their court within the fortress.
- Macaulay.
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) The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
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.
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.
- Edwards.
Court day
a day on which a court sits to administer justice.
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.
Court lands
(Eng. Law) lands kept in demesne, - that is, for the use of the lord and his family.
- Shak.
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. SeeRoll.
Court in banc
The full court sitting at its regular terms for the hearing of arguments upon questions of law, as distinguished from a sitting at nisi prius.
Court of Arches
See under Arches, Audience, etc.
Court of Chancery
See Chancery, n.
Court of Common pleas
(Law) See Common pleas, under Common.
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 officer.
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 drawing-rooms.
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.
To pay one's court
to seek to gain favor by attentions.
To put out of court
to refuse further judicial hearing.
- Jowett.
v. t.1.To endeavor to gain the favor of by attention or flattery; to try to ingratiate one's self with.
[imp. & p. p. Courted; p. pr. & vb. n. Courting.]
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.
- Shak.
3.To attempt to gain; to solicit; to seek.
They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom.
- Prescott.
Guilt and misery . . . court privacy and solitude.
- 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.
v. i.1.To play the lover; to woo; as, to go courting.
Noun1.court - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
Synonyms: judicature, tribunal
2.court - the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
Synonyms: royal court
3.court - a specially marked area within which a game is played; "players had to reserve a court in advance"
4.court - a room in which a law court sits; "television cameras were admitted in the courtroom"
Synonyms: courtroom
5.court - a yard wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
Synonyms: courtyard
6.court - the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; "the king will visit the duke's court"
7.Courtcourt - the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince
Synonyms: royal court
8.court - a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area
9.Court - Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
Synonyms: Margaret Court
10.court - respectful deference; "pay court to the emperor"
Synonyms: homage
Verb1.court - make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary"
Synonyms: romance, solicit, woo
2.court - seek someone's favor; "China is wooing Russia"
Synonyms: woo
3.court - engage in social activities leading to marriage; "We were courting for over ten years"

COURT, practice. A court is an incorporeal political being, which requires for its existence, the presence of the judges, or a competent number of them, and a clerk or prothonotary, at the time during which, and at the place where it is by law authorized to be held; and the performance of some public act, indicative of a design to perform the functions of a court.
     2. In another sense, the judges, clerk, or prothonotary, counsellors and ministerial officers, are said to constitute the court.
     3. According to Lord, Coke, a court is a place where justice is judicially administered. Co. Litt. 58, a.
     4. The judges, when duly convened, are also called the court. Vide 6 Vin. Ab. 484; Wheat. Dig. 127; Merl. Rep. h.t.; 3 Com. Dig. 300; 8 Id. 386; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
     5. It sometimes happens that the judges composing a court are equally divided on questions discussed before them. It has been decided, that when such is the case on an appeal or writ of error, the judgment or decree is affirmed. 10 Wheat. 66; 11 Id. 59. If it occurs on a motion in arrest of judgment, a judgment is to be entered on the verdict. 2 Dall. Rep. 388. If on a motion for a new trial, the motion is rejected. 6 Wheat. 542. If on a motion to enter judgment on a verdict, the judgment is entered. 6 Binn. 100. In England, if the house of lords be equally divided on a writ of error, the judgment of the court below is affirmed. 1 Arch. Pr. 235. So in Cam. Scacc. 1 Arch. Pr. 240. But in error coram nobis, no judgment can be given if the judges are equally divided, except by consent. 1 Arch. Pr. 246. When the judges are equally divided on the admission of testimony, it cannot be received. But see 3 Yeates, 171. Also, 2 Bin. 173; 3 Bin. 113 4 Bin. 157; 1 Johns. Rep. 118 4 Wash. C. C. Rep. 332, 3. See Division of Opinion.
     6. Courts are of various kinds. When considered as to their powers, they are of record and not of record; Bac. Ab. Courts, D; when compared. to each other, they are supreme, superior, and inferior, Id.; when examined as to their original jurisdiction, they are civil or criminal; when viewed as to their territorial jurisdiction, they are central or local; when divided as to their object, they are courts of law, courts of equity, courts martial, admiralty courts, and ecclesiastical courts. They are also courts of original jurisdiction, courts of error, and courts of appeal. Vide Open Court.
     7. Courts of record cannot be deprived of their jurisdiction except by express negative words. 9 Serg. & R. 298; 3 Yeates, 479 2 Burr. 1042 1 Wm. Bl. Rep. 285. And such a court is the court of common pleas in Pennsylvania. 6 Serg. & R. 246.
     8. Courts of equity are not, in general, courts of record. Their decrees touch the person, not lands. or goods. 3 Caines, 36. Yet, as to personalty, their decrees are equal to a judgment; 2. Madd. Chan. 355; 2 Salk., 507; 1 Ver. 214; 3 Caines, 35; and have preference according to priority. 3 P. Wms. 401 n.; Cas. Temp. Talb. 217; 4 Bro. P. C. 287; 4 Johns. Chan. Cas. 638. They are also conclusive between the parties. 6 Wheat. 109. Assumpsit will lie on a decree of a foreign court of chancery for a sum certain; 1 Campb. Rep. 253, per Lord Kenyon; but not for a sum not ascertained. 3 Caines, 37, (n.) In Pennsylvania, an action at law will lie on a decree of a court of chancery, but the pleas nil debet and nul tiel record cannot be pleaded in such an action. 9 Serg. & R. 258.

COURT, INSTANCE. One of the branches of the English admiralty is called an instance court. Vide Instance Court.

COURT, PRIZE. One of the branches of the English admiralty, is called a prize court. Vide Prize Court.

COURT, SUPREME. Supreme court is the name of a court having jurisdiction over all other courts Vide Courts of the United States.

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