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Architecture. The lower or outer court of a castle or mansion, occupied by the servants. Also: a court at the back of an early farmhouse, containing the outbuildings.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in William Caxton (1415x24–1492), printer, merchant, and diplomat. From base + court.
base court/ˈbeɪs kɔːt/
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