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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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Examples from the Web for Charterhouse
Historical Examples
  • A few years later Charterhouse was converted into an almshouse and a school.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • He said that he should like a nomination for his son to the Charterhouse, and I gave it to him.

    Lord John Russell

    Stuart J. Reid
  • The two parts of the Charterhouse were the embodiments of “justice and innocence.”

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson
  • "You owe me a shilling for a new glass for my Charterhouse print," said he.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens
  • Charterhouse is the name; the buildings are not yet forty years old.

  • The Charterhouse, however, continued in the possession of his sons.

  • Then I went on to the ostensible reason of my visit—the Charterhouse testimonial.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • He appears in the Charterhouse records for the year 1822 as a boy on the tenth form.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • He went to schoole, first to Mr. Brookes at Charterhouse two yeares.

  • Thackeray was a Charterhouse boy and was familiar with the surroundings there.

British Dictionary definitions for Charterhouse


a Carthusian monastery
Word Origin
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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