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[chahr-ter-hous] /ˈtʃɑr tərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural Charterhouses
[chahr-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈtʃɑr tərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a Carthusian monastery.
the hospital and charitable institution founded in London, in 1611, on the site of a Carthusian monastery.
the public school into which this hospital was converted.
the modern heir of this school, now located in Surrey.
Origin of Charterhouse
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French chartrouse (taken as charter + house), after Chatrousse, village in Dauphiné near which the order was founded; see Carthusian, whence the first r of the AF word Unabridged
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a Carthusian monastery
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C16: changed by folk etymology from Anglo-French chartrouse, after Chartosse (now Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse), village near Grenoble, France, the original home of the Carthusian order
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Word Origin and History for Charterhouse

great English public school founded in London in 1611, a folk etymology alteration of chartreux (see chartreuse); it was founded upon the site of a Carthusian monastery.

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