base-court (n.) Old form(s): base Court
[of a castle] lower courtyard, servants' courtyard
R2 III.iii.176[Northumberland to King Richard, of Bolingbroke] in the base-court he doth attend
R2 III.iii.180[King Richard to Northumberland] In the base-court ... where kings grow base / To come at traitors' calls, and do them grace
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