[kawrt-hous, kohrt-]

noun, plural court·hous·es [kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/.

a building in which courts of law are held.
a county seat.

Origin of courthouse

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at court, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for courthouse

Contemporary Examples of courthouse

Historical Examples of courthouse

  • 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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