court·​house | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce courthouse (audio) \

Definition of courthouse

1a : a building in which courts of law are regularly held
b : the principal building in which county offices are housed

Examples of courthouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last thing Aguirre wanted to do was walk into the Long Beach courthouse. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Domestic violence survivors, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department at odds over restraining orders," 10 May 2021 The courthouse was built in the early 1930s in a Classical Revival Style, using limestone and concrete. Mary Colurso |, al, "Things to see and do in Wetumpka, the Alabama city featured on ‘Home Town Takeover’," 6 May 2021 Prospective jurors ignored summonses and a final blow was struck against a trial when the Hartford courthouse was closed after a security officer tested positive for COVID-19. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Connecticut’s federal courts are trying to reopen, but it’s still difficult to find enough jurors as fears over COVID-19 persist," 4 May 2021 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating Wester in August 2018 after rumors of shady arrests began rippling through the courthouse. Jeff Burlew, USA TODAY, "Former Florida deputy indicted for planting drugs during traffic stops gets 24 new charges," 27 Apr. 2021 Scherer said in a hearing on Thursday that the courthouse will be ready to accommodate the trial then, and attorneys should be ready for jury selection to start in September. Brooke Baitinger,, "Trial for Parkland school shooter could start in September," 22 Apr. 2021 The courthouse was eventually moved to the center of town, and a new building — the Capitol building — was built as well. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This 105-year-old colonial boasts both historic tearoom and 'I Love Lucy' retro vibes," 22 Apr. 2021 Concrete barriers, chain-link fences and barbed wire ringed the courthouse where Chauvin was tried., "Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral," 22 Apr. 2021 A few hours after the jury went to deliberations Monday afternoon, a crowd amassed outside the fenced perimeter of the Hennepin County Government Center, a building containing the courthouse where Chauvin was tried, and began to march. Janell Ross/minneapolis, Time, "Black Citizens of Minneapolis Have Been 'Living in a Perpetual State of Trauma.' Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict Only Begins to Relieve It," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of courthouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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15 May 2021

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“Courthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of courthouse

US : a building in which legal cases are heard


court·​house | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce courthouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of courthouse

1 : a building in which courts of law are held
2 : a building in which county offices are housed



Legal Definition of courthouse

: a building in which court is regularly held

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