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[kawrt-hous, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊs, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun, plural courthouses
[kawrt-hou-ziz, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrtˌhaʊ zɪz, ˈkoʊrt-/ (Show IPA)
a building in which courts of law are held.
a county seat.
Origin of courthouse
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see court, house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for courthouse
  • And the bulk of the public record is no longer to be found in library stacks, dusty courthouse files, and microfilm rolls.
  • Citizen committees are running the city from the courthouse.
  • As they left the courthouse without speaking to reporters, they walked silently past a crowd of jeering protesters.
  • The courthouse also features two works by notable artists.
  • The third courthouse was also a wood frame two story building and was located immediately southwest of the present courthouse.
  • Over the years, the courthouse has been reconstructed and expanded.
  • Free parking is available on the west side of the courthouse and in the large lot located at the south side of the courthouse.
  • There is also on-the-street parking available in the vicinity of the courthouse.
  • Parking is in the garage adjacent to the courthouse.
British Dictionary definitions for courthouse


a public building in which courts of law are held
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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