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Court of arches

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Court of arches (Eng. Law) the court of appeal of the Archbishop of Canterbury, whereof the judge, who sits as deputy to the archbishop, is called the Dean of the Arches, because he anciently held his court in the church of St. Mary-le-Bow (de arcubus. It is now held in Westminster.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Court of Arches the ecclesiastical court of appeal for the province of Canterbury, formerly held at the church of St-Mary-le-Bow (or 'of the Arches'), from the arches that support its steeple
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. arca, chest.

Usage

In literature:

He entered Aptiekarski-Pereoulok and pushed open Pere Alexis's door, under the arch, at the back of the obscure court.
"The Secret of the Night" by Gaston Leroux
All done, he and the bully slept almost in each other's arms, under the arches of the court, dreamlessly.
"1492" by Mary Johnston
Young men with lanterns went through the courts of the tenements, around the Grassmarket, and under the arches of the bridge.
"Greyfriars Bobby" by Eleanor Atkinson
ARCHES, Court of Arches.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
ARCHES, Court of Arches.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
ARCHES, Court of Arches.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
ARCHES, Court of Arches.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
ARCHES, Court of Arches.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
A charge of heresy, of course, could not well be made, for in the infancy of our race there were neither Courts of Arches nor General Assemblies.
"In the Wrong Paradise" by Andrew Lang
The palaces present a succession of spacious courts surrounded by buildings and are entered through gates in the form of triumphal arches.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, No. 733, January 11, 1890" by Various
The case was tried in the Court of Arches.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The clergyman sought a remedy in the ecclesiastical court of Arches.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
Passing through an arch at the western end of the hall, we enter Gray's Inn Square, formerly Chapel Court.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
The fountain court was a square of 86 feet, on the east side of which was a cloister of seven arches.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
Court of Arches, London, 196.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The "Marble Arch" cave near Florence-court, with its emerging river, is a characteristic example of the subterranean waterways in the limestone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
The court-yard is not perfectly square, and the arches of the arcade rest upon granite pillars.
"'Gloria Victis!'" by Ossip Schubin
Thence he proceeded to Oxford, and began life as a lawyer, practising in the Court of Arches.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
The episcopal palace is a superb ruin, surmounted with a light parapet raised upon arches, in the style of Swansea castle and Lamphey court.
"A Tour throughout South Wales and Monmouthshire" by J. T. Barber
Its chief officer is called the master of faculties, and he is one and the same with the judge of the court of arches.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

And there were verdurous courts that scalloped arches wreathed,
Where fountains plashed in bowls of lapis lazuli.
Through enigmatic doors voluptuous accents breathed,
And having Youth I had their Open Sesame.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger

In news:

The yellow foam hands came flying in from every corner of the lower bowl, sailing onto the court in dozens of frisbee-style arches late in the Cleveland Cavaliers ' dominant victory.
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