[ kawrt-hous, kohrt- ]
/ ˈkɔrtˌhaʊs, ˈkoʊrt- /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for courthouse


/ (ˈkɔːtˌhaʊs) /


a public building in which courts of law are held
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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."

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