- 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
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Examples from the Web for charterhouse
A few years later Charterhouse was converted into an almshouse and a school.The History of London
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.Highways and Byways in Surrey
- a Carthusian monastery
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
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