Definition of backcourt in English:



  • 1(in tennis, basketball, and other games) the part of each side of the court nearest the back wall or back boundary line.

    • ‘He corrected the way I was running, the way I was picking up the ball, and the way I was throwing it to the other ball boy in the backcourt.’
    • ‘They could stand to be a little deeper in the backcourt.’
    • ‘And with PG Mateen Cleaves straggling, they could use a veteran in the backcourt behind PG Chucky Atkins.’
    • ‘She clinched the set when her opponent hit long from the backcourt.’
    • ‘Still, another scorer in the backcourt wouldn't hurt.’
    • ‘The backcourt, left open for most of the game, was a combined 6 of 22 from the field for 23 points.’
  • 2The defensive players in a basketball team.

    • ‘But the backcourt is loaded with versatility and potential.’
    • ‘Luis Flores once was stuck - stuck behind a backcourt tandem of Todd Billet and Dahntay Jones that had brought Rutgers the tag of ‘team on the rise.’’
    • ‘The two players combined to form, to me, the best backcourt in the game at the time.’
    • ‘He'll be backed by one of the nation's finest backcourts.’
    • ‘They finished the half without any assists from their backcourt.’
    • ‘We caused all kinds of trouble for opposing backcourts.’
  • 3(especially in Glasgow) a courtyard behind a house or tenement.

    • ‘Your one-bedroom tenement with its close and communal backcourt may seem a few steps removed from a laminate floored loft, but trust me, you are now living in an apartment.’