court-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: a sovereign regime and its assemblage

Commentary: COURT[+regime][+sovereign]

Many consider the Court at Versailles to have been the most brilliant in all of European history.
The King banished his younger son from court for attempting to seize the crown.
The young page thought the ladies at court were not all beauties.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6

Sense Number 2: assembly that transacts judicial business

Commentary: COURT[+assembly][+judicial]

He is a justice who sits on the high court.
The two firms have been in court for six years disputing the rights of this patent.
It remains to be seen whether the case will actually go to court.
The dictator has been harshly judged in the court of world opinion. (metaphoric use)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: a demarcated area for sports play

Commentary: COURT[+area][+sports]

This basketball court has a new floor.
The tennis player hit the ball out of the court.
The city has lighted courts where teenagers can shoot hoops at night.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 4: a room in which judicial proceedings occur

Commentary: COURT[+building][+judicial]
NOTE: attributes of 'court' are physical, verbs imply physical position or action

People put their coats on because the court had no heat that day.
The cameras were only allowed in the back of the court.
This is the third time John has stood in this very court in front of this very judge!

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 5: an area enclosed by walls or buildings

Commentary: COURT[+area][+enclosed]

Spanish-style houses are often built around an inner court.
We enjoyed the court of the museum which was enclosed by rose-covered walls.
The men exercised in the court situated between the prison barracks.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 6: the residence or palace of a sovereign

Commentary: COURT[+building][+private][+residence]

The Duke's court was built of Italian marble with gold leaf on the ceilings.
The King and his family fled as the revolutionaries set fire to his court.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 7: motel or motor inn, with parking outside the rooms

Commentary: COURT[+building][+public][+lodging]

There are lots of inexpensive motor courts along I-95.
We couldn't find a motor court that had a vacancy.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 8: respectful deference

Commentary: COURT[+act][+deference]

The proud knight would not pay court to the young king.
Critics think the administration has paid too much court to big oil interests.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11