Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports The part of a court between the service line and the base line in tennis and other net games.
  • n. Sports The part of the playing area farthest from the goal or target wall in certain court games, such as handball.
  • n. Basketball The half of the court that a team defends.
  • n. Basketball The portion of the frontcourt farthest from the basket.
  • n. Basketball The guards on a team.

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  • n. A courtyard behind a housing block or tenement building.
  • n. A team's defensive half of the court; the part of the court where the other team's basket is located, or the guards playing in that area.

Etymologies

From back +‎ court. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The resulting thin backcourt left Boise State unable to pressure as much as it typically likes.

    Western Athletic Conference

  • With Kavon Lacey, Ned Cox and Troy Taylor back, Evansville's backcourt is in solid hands.

    Missouri Valley Conference

  • Miami led 56-52 at the break, with Orlando's starters dominating frontcourt scoring (37-7) and the Heat duo of Wade and Chalmers having a decided edge in backcourt scoring over Courtney Lee and Jameer Nelson (29-6).

    USATODAY.com

  • Overview: The Illini's backcourt is average compared with recent years and lacks a consistent three-point threat, but they have a strong frontcourt in center Shaun Pruitt and forward Warren Carter.

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  • The West also has two other top-10 prospects in backcourt players Jerryd Bayless and James Harden.

    McDonald's All-Americans top week's news

  • So, with PG Chris Quinn (left ankle) expected to miss a week, Miami's backcourt is short-handed.

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  • After the Cavaliers went ahead 94-90, Carroll hit four consecutive free throws, the last two coming after he stole the ball in backcourt from Sasha Pavlovic with 34 seconds left.

    USATODAY.com - Basketball - Cleveland vs. Charlotte

  • The backcourt is already strong, but if they elect to take the best player on the board, then, Alabama G Maurice Williams, Argentine

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  • Sooners take some big hits in backcourt with departures of Hollis Price,

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  • But Vanderbilt's backcourt is rarely a scoring threat.

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  • In basketball, the half a court a team is defending. Also refers to a team's guards.

    "With the consummate distributor Jason Kidd in the backcourt with perhaps the world’s best player, Kobe Bryant, the lineup for Beijing will be appreciably better."

    The New York Times, After Sitting in 2004 Games, Ready to Stand and Deliver, by Pete Thamel, July 28, 2008

    July 28, 2008