One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An informal name for: any international court of justice or arbitration established to resolve disputes between nations of the world, or to rule on matters of international law; specifically (a) the Permanent Court of International Justice (1921–45) of the League of Nations (now historical); (b) the International Court of Justice, established in 1946 as the principal judicial arm of the United Nations.
Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From world + court.
world court/wəːld ˈkɔːt/
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