Synonyms of court in English:


See definition of court


1‘the court found him guilty’


court of law, law court, bench, bar, court of justice, judicature, tribunal, forum, chancery, assizes


palais de justice

2‘a tennis court’


playing area, enclosure, field, ground, ring, rink, green, alley, stadium, track, arena

British close

informal park

3‘walking in the castle court’


yard, courtyard, quadrangle, square, close, enclosure, precinct, esplanade

plaza, patio


cloister, arcade

South African lapa

informal quad

4‘they often put on plays for the Queen's court’


royal household, establishment, retinue, entourage, train, suite, escort, company, attendant company, staff, personnel, cortège, following, bodyguard

aides, members of court, courtiers, companions, attendants, servants, retainers, associates, followers

5‘she made her way to Queen Elizabeth's court in England’


royal residence, palace, castle, manor, hall





historical seraglio

6‘statesmen came to pay court to the king’


homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addresses

woo, make up to, make advances to, pursue, seek the favour of

grovel to, creep to, crawl to, bow and scrape to, toady to, be obsequious to, be servile to, be sycophantic to, abase oneself to, demean oneself to, defer to, ingratiate oneself with, curry favour with, fawn on, flatter, dance attendance on, truckle to, submit to

informal suck up to, lick someone's boots, butter up, brown-nose

NZ Australian informal smoodge to

vulgar slang kiss the arse of


1‘Western politicians courted the leaders of the newly independent states’


curry favour with, make up to, play up to

ingratiate oneself with, cultivate, seek the favour of, try to win over, try to get on the good side of

be obsequious towards, grovel to, be servile towards, be sycophantic towards, kowtow to, pander to, abase oneself to, demean oneself to, bow and scrape to, prostrate oneself to, toady to, truckle to, dance attendance on, fawn on, fawn over

informal suck up to, crawl to, creep to, be all over, lick someone's boots, fall all over, rub up the right way, keep someone sweet, sweet-talk, soft-soap, butter up

North American brown-nose

vulgar slang kiss someone's arse, lick someone's arse

archaic blandish

2‘he was busily courting public attention’


seek, try to obtain, pursue, go after, strive for, go for, push towards, work towards, be intent on, aim at, aim for, have as a goal, have as an objective, aspire to

solicit, ask for

3‘I knew I was courting disaster climbing without a rope’


risk, invite, attract, provoke, be likely to cause, bring on oneself

be likely to lead to

4‘he's courting her sister’


woo, go out with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, pursue, run after, chase, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with

informal see, go steady with, date, chat up, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, give the come-on to, be all over

Australian informal track with, track square with

set one's cap at, pay addresses to, romance, pay suit to, pay court to, seek the hand of, make love to

archaic spark

5‘we saw the film when we were courting’


go out together, go out, go with each other, keep company

informal date, go steady