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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
Forecourts have undergone a massive evolution from the stand-alone fuel dispensing kiosks of the 60s to supermarket and convenience retailing zones of current times; from personnel operated to self-service to automated pumping and also the transition from a fuel station to a pit stop.
Open to over 700 forecourts across the UK and recognised by the industry for its role in driving up every aspect of customer service, SuperStation reached its exciting climax on Thursday October 6 with a traditional Gala Awards Dinner at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire.
In the 1950s there were more than 40,000 forecourts across Britain.
Acting Det Sgt Chris Milburn said: "Forecourt Watch is a great way of tackling the issue of the theft of fuel from forecourts.
ORGANISED gangs are stealing fuel from petrol stations Wales on an "industrial scale" with thousands of motorists fleeing forecourts without paying, new figures have shown.
The brutal conditions on Britain's forecourts (see above) were perhaps the most extreme of any of the six retail sectors represented in our Top 50.