county seat


Definition of county seat

: a town that is the seat of county administration

Examples of county seat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amazon’s $40 million will be divided up by councilors and commissioners in Hermiston and the county seat in Pendleton. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "Oregon law puts small towns in a bind when big tech demands huge tax breaks," 25 Oct. 2019 The town administrator of the county seat pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayer money, and county schools have been so poorly run, the state took over. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In a small county, a good leader is hard to find _ and keep," 21 Sep. 2019 Ukiah is the the county seat and largest town in Mendocino County, a 3,878-square-mile chunk of Northern California that had been without power since Saturday night. Peter Fimrite,, "In Mendocino County, they see the light — after five days without," 30 Oct. 2019 The first was held on September 26 at a park in Manchester, the county seat of Coffee County, where Channing attended school. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Family and Friends Are Seeking Justice for Channing Smith, Outed Teen Who Died by Suicide," 4 Oct. 2019 One for the county seat of 3,600 does not cost three times as much as the town with 1,200 people. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: What Dorian tells us about risk and scale," 8 Sep. 2019 Advertising Complaints of her quick temper followed the Republican to her county seat. Josephine Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Pierce County Council’s Pam Roach won’t seek reelection," 12 Aug. 2019 Two years later, when Fresno became the county seat, one-third of its residents were Chinese. Los Angeles Times, "Cheerleader’s blackface video raises ghosts of Fresno’s racist past," 31 Aug. 2019 So Bob went down to the local Farm Service Agency office — a low-slung building in the county seat — to complete the paperwork, expecting a payment of a few hundred dollars. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Farmers fight to save their land in rural Minnesota as trade war intensifies," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of county seat

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of county seat was in 1803

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30 Nov 2019

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“County seat.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of county seat

US : the town or city in a county where the government offices and buildings are located

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