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Margaret court

[kawrt, kohrt] /kɔrt, koʊrt/

Margaret Smith, born 1942, Australian tennis player.
an area of ground wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings
(Brit) (capital when part of a name)

a space inside a building, sometimes surrounded with galleries

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



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

the ball is in your court, you are obliged to make the next move
to attempt to gain the love of (someone); woo
(transitive) to pay attention to (someone) in order to gain favour
(transitive) to try to obtain (fame, honour, etc)
(transitive) to invite, usually foolishly, as by taking risks: to court disaster
(old-fashioned) to be conducting a serious emotional relationship usually leading to marriage
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

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).

“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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