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courthouse

[kawrt-hous, kohrt-]
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noun, plural court·hous·es [kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/.
  1. a building in which courts of law are held.
  2. a county seat.
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Origin of courthouse

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at court, house
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  • 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

courthouse

noun
  1. a public building in which courts of law are held
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Word Origin and History for courthouse

n.

late 15c., from court (n.) + house (n.). In Virginia and the Upper South, it also can mean "county seat."

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