An extent of open ground partially or completely enclosed by walls or buildings; a courtyard. A short street, especially a wide alley walled by buildings on three sides. A large open section of a building, often with a glass roof or skylight. A large building, such as a mansion, standing in a courtyard. The place of residence of a sovereign or dignitary; a royal mansion or palace. The retinue of a sovereign, including the royal family and personal servants, advisers, and ministers. A sovereign's governing body, including the council of ministers and state advisers. A formal meeting or reception presided over by a sovereign. Law A person or body of persons whose task is to hear and submit a decision on cases at law. Law The building, hall, or room in which such cases are heard and determined. Law The regular session of a judicial assembly. Law A similar authorized tribunal having military or ecclesiastical jurisdiction. Sports An open level area marked with appropriate lines, upon which a game, such as tennis, handball, or basketball, is played. The body of directors of an organization, especially of a corporation. A legislative assembly. To attempt to gain; seek: courting wealth and fame. To behave so as to invite or incur: courts disaster by taking drugs. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry. To attempt to gain the favor of by attention or flattery: a salesperson courting a potential customer. Zoology To behave so as to attract (a mate). To pursue a courtship; woo. Zoology To engage in courtship behavior. pay court to To flatter with solicitous overtures in an attempt to obtain something or clear away antagonism. pay court to To seek someone's love; woo.