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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
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  • He despatched, in the courthouse, the necessary formalities.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • No amount of repairing could cure the courthouse clock of this peculiarity.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • The first courthouse in Baraboo stood on the north side of the square at about 120 Fourth Avenue.

  • But in the immediate vicinity of the courthouse there was already some stir.

    The New Tenant E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • This is the first mention of a courthouse anywhere in this area.

    How Justice Grew Martha W. (Martha Woodroof) Hiden
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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