cour d'honneur

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cour d'honneur. Principal court, often the forecourt, of a grand house or palace, often enclosed between the principal front of the corps de logis, the projecting wings and colonnades, and the fourth side composed of very low buildings, lodges, etc., or a wall or railing. A good example is at Burley-on-the-Hill, Rut. (1696–1704).