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

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

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for charterhouse

Historical Examples of charterhouse

  • A few years later Charterhouse was converted into an almshouse and a school.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for charterhouse



a Carthusian monastery

Word Origin for 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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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.

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