The court of a monarch, or at some periods an important nobleman, is a term for the extended household and all those who regularly attended on the ruler or central figure. In the largest courts many thousands of individuals comprised the court, many officials or servants in the permanent employ of the ruler, and others attending in hope of political or financial gain, or merely for the society and entertainments offered. As well as being the centre of political life, courts were usually the drivers of fashion, and often where literary, musical and artistic trends first developed.

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  1. An enclosed 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 girls were playing in the court.
  2. The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace.
    The noblemen visited the queen in her court.
  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.
    The queen and her court traveled to the city to welcome back the soldiers.
  4. Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign.
  5. Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.
  6. The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
    Many famous criminals have been put on trial in this court.
  7. The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes.
    The court started proceedings at 11 o'clock.
  8. A tribunal established for the administration of justice.
  9. The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.
  10. The session of a judicial assembly.
    The court is now in session.
  11. Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
  12. A place arranged for playing the games of tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball and some other games; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.
    The local sports club has six tennis courts and two squash courts .
    The shuttlecock landed outside the court.
  13. A street with no outlet, a cul-de-sac.


  1. To seek to achieve or win.
    He was courting big new accounts that previous salesman had not attempted.
  2. To risk (a consequence, usually negative).
    He courted controversy with his frank speeches.
  3. To try to win a commitment to marry from.
  4. To engage in behavior leading to mating.
    The bird was courting by making an elaborate dance.
  5. To attempt to attract.
  6. To attempt to gain alliance with.
  7. To engage in activities intended to win someone's affections.
    She's had a few beaus come courting.
  8. To engage in courtship behavior.
    In this season, you can see many animals courting.
  9. To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.

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