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a. An extent of open ground partially or completely enclosed by walls or buildings; a courtyard.
b. Abbr. Ct. A short street, especially a wide alley walled by buildings on three sides.
c. A large open section of a building, often with a glass roof or skylight.
d. A large building, such as a mansion, arranged around a courtyard.
a. The place of residence of a sovereign or dignitary; a royal mansion or palace.
b. The retinue of a sovereign, including the royal family and personal servants, advisers, and ministers.
c. A sovereign's governing body, including the council of ministers and state advisers.
d. A formal meeting or reception presided over by a sovereign.
3. Law
a. A person or body of persons that presides over the hearing of cases; a judge or panel of judges.
b. The building, hall, or room where cases are heard.
c. The session at which cases are heard.
4. An ecclesiastical court.
5. Sports An open level area marked with appropriate lines, upon which a game, such as tennis, handball, or basketball, is played.
6. The body of directors of an organization, especially of a corporation.
7. A legislative assembly.
v. court·ed, court·ing, courts
a. To attempt to gain; seek: courting wealth and fame.
b. To behave so as to invite or incur: courts disaster by taking drugs.
2. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
3. To attempt to gain the favor of by attention or flattery: a salesperson courting a potential customer.
4. Zoology To behave so as to attract (a mate).
1. To pursue a courtship; woo.
2. Zoology To engage in courtship behavior.
pay court to
1. To flatter with solicitous overtures in an attempt to obtain something or clear away antagonism.
2. To seek someone's love; woo.

[Middle English, from Old French cort, from Latin cohors, cohort-, courtyard, retinue; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.courting - a man's courting of a womancourting - a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
bundling - a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing


[ˈkɔːtɪŋ] adj courting couplecoppietta, coppia di innamorati
References in classic literature ?
George Willard was older than Seth Richmond, but in the rather odd friendship between the two, it was he who was forever courting and the younger boy who was being courted.
Certain it is, his advances were signals for rival candidates to retire, who felt no inclination to cross a lion in his amours; insomuch, that when his horse was seen tied to Van Tassel's paling, on a Sunday night, a sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is termed, " sparking," within, all other suitors passed by in despair, and carried the war into other quarters.
Father Mapple enjoyed such a wide reputation for sincerity and sanctity, that I could not suspect him of courting notoriety by any mere tricks of the stage.