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

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Frank Barker, 51, appeared Friday in the Markham courthouse for a felony bond hearing. Howard Ludwig, Daily Southtown, "Man punched 63-year-old woman in the face and stole her car, dog and oxygen tank: prosecutors," 26 May 2018 Crawford, who had won the Democratic primary at that point but still faced the general election, put on the robe and ruled on three traffic cases from the bench in the suburban Markham courthouse. Todd Lighty,, "Lawyer charged with impersonating judge found dead days from trial," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s when Johnnie Cochran, an outsize presence at the courthouse and a giant to Holley, handed her his card. Jessica Chou, Glamour, "Shawn Holley Will Free You Now," 11 Dec. 2018 To prepare for one of the most high-risk defendants New York City has handled in years, both the courthouse and courtroom entrances imposed airport-like security. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "Impassioned Arguments, Frightened Jurors Mark Day One of ‘El Chapo’ Trial," 13 Nov. 2018 Designed in the shape of a stone ship, the 12th-century building (a former courthouse and prison) sits on an island in the middle of the canal. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 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 In addition to the one sent to The Capital’s law firm, one went to a Baltimore City courthouse and one to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "Annapolis Shooting Suspect Wanted to ‘Kill Every Person’ in Newsroom, Letter States," 2 July 2018 Armed deputies are present at courthouses, but much of civil litigation takes place in lawyers’ offices. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "Hours after his divorce is final, man accused of killing ex-wife’s attorney, himself," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of courthouse

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

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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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