From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Cortes \Cor"tes\ (k[^o]r"t[e^]s), noun pl. [Sp. & Pg., fr. corte court.] The legislative assembly, composed of nobility, clergy, and representatives of cities, which in Spain and in Portugal answers, in some measure, to the Parliament of Great Britain.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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