county seat


Definition of county seat 

: a town that is the seat of county administration

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In 1818 a real estate developer and landowner named John Paul donated 100 acres to fledgling Ripley County on which to build the county seat. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Nonstop to Paris starts May 24: 4 weird ways the French have made history in Indiana," 22 May 2018 Another day, another climate lawsuit: Washington state's King County, whose county seat is Seattle, has filed a lawsuit against five major oil and gas companies for their contributions to climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would.," 11 May 2018 The county seat of Ellensburg, population 20,000, has been one of the 10 fastest growing small cities in the nation for the past two years, census figures show, fueled by retirees and long-distance commuters priced out of the Seattle area. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Solar Plan Collides With Farm Tradition in Pacific Northwest," 11 July 2018 The prison feels a world apart from Huntingdon Borough, the sleepy county seat just a 20-minute walk away. Samantha Melamed,, "Can the rural prison economy survive the era of decarceration?," 7 June 2018 But those locations, particularly in rural areas, might be far from the county seat or official headquarters, which can slow down and complicate the vote tabulation process. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it takes so long to get election night results," 9 May 2018 He, his wife and young daughter settled in the county seat of New Braunfels for several reasons. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Comal ranks second among nation’s fastest-growing counties," 21 Mar. 2018 Charming Danville capably serves as the county seat, anchored by a traditional courthouse and a friendly old-fashioned town square lined with cafes, galleries, bakeries and boutique shops. Shelley Specchio, Indianapolis Star, "Discovering Indianapolis’ vibrant neighborhoods: Hendricks County," 13 July 2018 Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and the county seat of Anne Arundel County. Dave Quinn,, "Suspect in Maryland Newsroom Shooting Charged with First-Degree Murder," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of county seat

1803, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of county seat

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

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