Police vs Court - What's the difference?

police | court |

As a noun police

is policy (contract of insurance).

As a proper noun court is

(us) an abbreviated term of respect for any court ("the court").

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A civil force granted the legal authority for law enforcement and maintain public order.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=18 citation , passage=‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]? Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?}}
  • * {{quote-book, 2006, David Simon, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, page=440 citation
  • , passage=This time it is the worst kind of call a murder police can get.}}
  • (obsolete) Policy.
  • (obsolete) Communal living; civilization.
  • * 2002 , , The Greta Nation , Penguin 2003, p. 218:
  • The notion of ‘police ’ – that is, rational administration – was seen as a historical force which could bring civilized improvement to societies.


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    Derived terms

    * chief of police * police box * police brutality * police captain * police car * police chief * police commissioner * police constable * police department * police detective * police dog * police force * police headquarters * police jury * police lieutenant * policeman * police officer * police precinct * police protection * police record * police sergeant * police service * police squad * police state * police station * police van * police wagon * policewoman


  • To enforce the law and keep order among (a group).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 24, author=Nathan Rabin, work=The Onion AV Club
  • , title= Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3 , passage=Smith returns in Men In Black 3 as a veteran agent of a secret organization dedicated to policing the earth’s many extraterrestrials. }}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Schumpeter
  • , title= Cronies and capitols , passage=Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector. Governments have to find the best people to fill important jobs: there is a limited supply of people who understand the financial system, for example.}}
  • To patrol an area.
  • * 2006 , , Hundred-Dollar Baby , Putnam, ISBN 0399153764, page 275,
  • "Fire off several rounds in a residential building and stop to police the brass?"
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    (en noun)
  • An enclosed space; a courtyard; an uncovered area shut in by the walls of a building, or by different building; also, a space opening from a street and nearly surrounded by houses; a blind alley.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • And round the cool green courts there ran a row / Of cloisters.
  • * (1800-1859)
  • Goldsmith took a garret in a miserable court .
  • # A street with no outlet, a cul-de-sac.
  • (label) Royal society.
  • # The residence of a sovereign, prince, nobleman, or ether dignitary; a palace.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • This our court , infected with their manners, / Shows like a riotous inn.
  • # The collective body of persons composing the retinue of a sovereign or person high in authority; all the surroundings of a sovereign in his regal state.
  • #* (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • My lord, there is a nobleman of the court at door would speak with you.
  • #* Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • Love rules the court , the camp, the grove.
  • # Any formal assembling of the retinue of a sovereign.
  • #* (1800-1859)
  • The princesses held their court within the fortress.
  • Attention directed to a person in power; conduct or address designed to gain favor; courtliness of manners; civility; compliment; flattery.
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • No solace could her paramour entreat / Her once to show, ne court , nor dalliance.
  • * (John Evelyn) (1620-1706)
  • I went to make my court to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle.
  • (label) The administration of law.
  • # The hall, chamber, or place, where justice is administered.
  • # The persons officially assembled under authority of law, at the appropriate time and place, for the administration of justice; an official assembly, legally met together for the transaction of judicial business; a judge or judges sitting for the hearing or trial of causes.
  • #* {{quote-news, date=21 August 2012, first=Ed, last=Pilkington, newspaper=The Guardian
  • , title= Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die? , passage=Next month, Clemons will be brought before a court presided over by a "special master", who will review the case one last time. The hearing will be unprecedented in its remit, but at its core will be a simple issue: should Reggie Clemons live or die?}}
  • # A tribunal established for the administration of justice.
  • # The judge or judges; as distinguished from the counsel or jury, or both.
  • # The session of a judicial assembly.
  • # Any jurisdiction, civil, military, or ecclesiastical.
  • (label) A place arranged for playing the games of tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, volleyball and some other games; also, one of the divisions of a tennis court.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=5 , passage=By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts' and the subsidiary ' courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.}}

    Derived terms

    * contempt of court * court case * court fight * court jester * courtroom * hold court * in court * out-of-court


    (en verb)
  • To seek to achieve or win.
  • He was courting big new accounts that previous salesman had not attempted.
  • * Prescott
  • They might almost seem to have courted the crown of martyrdom.
  • * De Quincey
  • Guilt and misery court privacy and solitude.
  • To risk (a consequence, usually negative).
  • He courted controversy with his frank speeches.
  • To try to win a commitment to marry from.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If either of you both love Katharina / Leave shall you have to court her at your pleasure.
  • To engage in behavior leading to mating.
  • The bird was courting by making an elaborate dance.
  • To attempt to attract.
  • * Macaulay
  • By one person, hovever, Portland was still assiduously courted .
  • To attempt to gain alliance with.
  • To engage in activities intended to win someone's affections.
  • She's had a few beaus come courting .
  • To engage in courtship behavior.
  • In this season, you can see many animals courting .
  • To invite by attractions; to allure; to attract.
  • * Tennyson
  • A well-worn pathway courted us / To one green wicket in a privet hedge.