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courthouse

[kawrt-hous, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊs, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun, plural courthouses
[kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a building in which courts of law are held.
2.
a county seat.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see court, house
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British Dictionary definitions for court house

courthouse

/ˈkɔːtˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a public building in which courts of law are held
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Word Origin and History for court house

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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