Courted



[kawrt, kohrt] /kɔrt, koʊrt/

noun
1.
Law.

2.
an area open to the sky and mostly or entirely surrounded by buildings, walls, etc.
3.
a high interior usually having a glass roof and surrounded by several stories of galleries or the like.
4.
Chiefly Irish. a stately dwelling.
5.
a short street.
6.
a smooth, level quadrangle on which to play tennis, basketball, etc.
7.
one of the divisions of such an area.
8.
the residence of a sovereign or other high dignitary; palace.
9.
a sovereign’s or dignitary’s retinue.
10.
a sovereign and councilors as the political rulers of a state.
11.
a formal assembly held by a sovereign.
12.
homage paid, as to a king.
13.
special or devoted attention in order to win favor, affection, etc.:
to pay court to the king.
14.
the body of qualified members of a corporation, council, board, etc.
15.
a branch or lodge of a fraternal society.
16.
Animal Behavior.

verb (used with object)
17.
to try to win the favor, preference, or goodwill of:
to court the rich.
18.
to seek the affections of; woo.
19.
(of animals) to attempt to attract (a mate) by engaging in certain species-specific behaviors.
20.
to attempt to gain (applause, favor, a decision, etc.).
21.
to hold out inducements to; invite.
22.
to act in such a manner as to cause, lead to, or provoke:
to court disaster by reckless driving.
verb (used without object)
23.
to seek another’s love; woo.
24.
(of animals) to engage in certain species-specific behaviors in order to attract individuals of the opposite sex for mating.
Idioms
25.
hold court,

26.
out of court,

/kɔːt/
noun
1.
an area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
2.
(Brit) (capital when part of a name)

3.
a space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries
4.

5.
a sovereign or prince and his retinue, advisers, etc
6.
any formal assembly, reception, etc, held by a sovereign or nobleman with his courtiers
7.
homage, flattering attention, or amorous approaches (esp in the phrase pay court to someone)
8.
(law)

9.

10.

11.
a branch of any of several friendly societies
12.
go to court, to take legal action
13.
hold court, to preside over admirers, attendants, etc
14.
out of court

15.
the ball is in your court, you are obliged to make the next move
verb
16.
to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo
17.
(transitive) to pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour
18.
(transitive) to try to obtain (fame, honour, etc)
19.
(transitive) to invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risks: to court disaster
20.
(old-fashioned) to be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage
/kɔːt/
noun
1.
Margaret (née Smith). born 1942, Australian tennis player, winner of a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles: Australian Open champion 1960–66, 1969–71, and 1973; US Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973; Wimbledon champion 1963, 1965, and 1970; French Open champion 1962, 1965, 1969–70, and 1973
n.

late 12c., from Old French cort (11c., Modern French cour) “king’s court, princely residence,” from Latin cortem, accusative of cors (earlier cohors) “enclosed yard,” and by extension (and perhaps by association with curia “sovereign’s assembly”), “those assembled in the yard; company, cohort,” from com- “together” (see com-) + stem hort- related to hortus “garden, plot of ground” (see yard (n.1)). Sporting sense is from 1510s, originally of tennis. Legal meaning is from late 13c. (early assemblies for justice were overseen by the sovereign personally).
v.

“woo, offer homage,” as one does at court, 1570s; see court (n.). Related: Courted; courting.

Related Terms

the ball is in someone’s court, full court press, home-court advantage, kangaroo court

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).

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