[ chahr-ter-hous ]

noun,plural Char·ter·hous·es [chahr-ter-hou-ziz]. /ˈtʃɑr tərˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a Carthusian monastery.

  2. the hospital and charitable institution founded in London, in 1611, on the site of a Carthusian monastery.

  1. the public school into which this hospital was converted.

  2. the modern heir of this school, now located in Surrey.

Origin of Charterhouse

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French chartrouse (taken as charter + house), after Chatrousse, a village in Dauphiné near which the order was founded; see Carthusian, whence the first r of the Anglo-French word

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How to use Charterhouse in a sentence

  • Leech, the caricaturist,—one of the most absurdly over-rated men of this century,—was at Charterhouse from 1825 to 1831.

  • At 1871 these parishes had nearly all been included in various unions, only the four Inns of Court and the Charterhouse remaining.

  • The whole of the Charterhouse breathes the old man's spirit; is perambulated by his frail ghost, the shadow of a Grey Friar.

  • But you must not linger in Charterhouse Square; time is passing, and the archway leading to the ancient sanctuary invites you.

  • The many rambling courts and low buildings of the Charterhouse are, no doubt, puzzling on a first visit.

British Dictionary definitions for Charterhouse


/ (ˈtʃɑːtəˌhaʊs) /

  1. a Carthusian monastery

Origin of Charterhouse

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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