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1A large room or patio, especially in a hotel, decorated with palm trees.
2Light orchestral music of a type formerly played in the palm courts of hotels, etc. Frequently attributive, as "palm court music", "palm court number", etc.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Blackwood's Magazine. From palm + court.
palm court/ˈpɑːm kɔːt//ˌpɑːm ˈkɔːt/
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