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[kawrt-hous, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊs, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun, plural courthouses
[kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/ (Show IPA)
a building in which courts of law are held.
a county seat.
Origin of courthouse
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at court, house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Grandfather's carriage was at the courthouse door, and they brought him up to Ballawhaine.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • At the next corner, after leaving the courthouse square, they met Maria and Martha.

  • Been up to the courthouse and roped in three of the county officials.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Across the square they came running, on the courthouse steps they stood.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • "They 've impaneled a jury up at the courthouse," he announced.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for courthouse


a public building in which courts of law are held
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for courthouse

late 15c., from court (n.) + house (n.). In Virginia and the Upper South, it also can mean "county seat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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