One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A courtyard of a palace.
2Usually in form Palace Court. A court having jurisdiction in personal actions arising within twelve miles of the palace of Whitehall, with the exception of actions arising in the City of London or within the jurisdiction of the Court of the Marshalsea or the courts at Westminster. Now historical.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in 1st Earl of Orrery (1621–1679), politician and writer. From palace + court.
palace court/ˈpalɪs ˌkɔːt/
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