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fore·court

 (fôr′kôrt′)
n.
1. A courtyard in front of a building.
2. Sports The part of a court nearest the net or wall, as in tennis or handball.

forecourt

(ˈfɔːˌkɔːt)
n
1. a courtyard in front of a building, as one in a filling station
2. (Tennis) Also called: front court the front section of the court in tennis, badminton, etc, esp the area between the service line and the net

fore•court

(ˈfɔrˌkɔrt, ˈfoʊrˌkoʊrt)

n.
1. the part of either half of a tennis court that lies between the net and the line that marks the inbounds limit of a service. Compare backcourt (def. 2).
2. a courtyard before the entrance to a building or group of buildings.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forecourt - the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildingsforecourt - the outer or front court of a building or of a group of buildings
courtyard, court - an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
Translations

forecourt

[ˈfɔːkɔːt] (esp Brit) N (gen) → entrada f; [of hotel] → patio m (delantero), terraza f; [of petrol station] → patio m (delantero)

forecourt

[ˈfɔːrkɔːrt] n [garage] → devant m

forecourt

nVorhof m

forecourt

[ˈfɔːˌkɔːt] n (of garage) → spiazzo; (of station) → piazzale m
References in classic literature ?
Thus, then, did Telemachus and Pisistratus sleep there in the forecourt, while the son of Atreus lay in an inner room with lovely Helen by his side.
As he spoke he laid his hand on the old man's right wrist, in token that he should have no fear; thus then did Priam and his attendant sleep there in the forecourt, full of thought, while Achilles lay in an inner room of the house, with fair Briseis by his side.
That might be, but it was certain young Martin had not been blown half across the forecourt of a Patiala palace by an explosion of fireworks; nor had he.
In an apartment of the forecourt overlooked by cooing doves he would sit, while she laid aside her useless veil and chattered of spirits and fiends of Kulu, of grandchildren unborn, and of the free-tongued brat who had talked to her in the resting-place.
Accordingly I spent the late hours either on the water(the moonlight of Venice is famous), or in the splendid square which serves as a vast forecourt to the strange old basilica of Saint Mark.
Nothing could be more noble in appearance than the central forecourt raised upon the flight of steps, like a king upon his throne, having around it four pavilions at the angles, the immense Ionic columns of which rose majestically to the whole height of the building.
The forecourt industry is under pressure to improve its environmental credentials and the Green@IFFE section will outline what is available in alternative fuels and other equipment to help forecourts become environmentally friendly.
The number, age and functionality of card terminals varies greatly across Europe's forecourts with France and Spain having the highest average number of terminals per site and the UK having the newest terminals.
Green@IFFE is a new area of the show that reflects the rising importance of environmental issues in today's industry, focusing not just on alternative fuels but the various ways retailers con keep forecourts environmentally friendly.
Substantial investment in the petrol retailing sector has put forecourts at the leading edge of convenience retailing and with 84% of outlets qualifying as true convenience stores these brightly lit, modern, well equipped sites often with parking will continue to be at the heart of the convenience channel.
9% growth recorded in 2006, according to the agent's average price index, which covers convenience stores, forecourts, off-licences and post offices, but not supermarkets.
The Bristol-based retailer has just finished converting 100 Texaco forecourts to its Somerfield Essentials fascia and has appointed consultants Rapleys to find more to help boost its presence as a convenience retailer.