court·​house | \ˈkȯrt-ˌhau̇s \

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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Later, just before noon, a second fight broke out near the courthouse, a modern glass-and-steel structure at 26 Central Avenue. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Man Is Killed by Stolen Minivan After Gunfire Near Courthouse," 10 July 2018 The museum is housed in the historic courthouse, which is also home to the sheriff’s administrative offices. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Statue of Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith headed from D.C. to Lake County," 29 June 2018 Behind one door is a courthouse, where immigration cases are heard in-person and remotely. Jennifer Epstein,, "Trump Policy Sows Confusion and Anxiety Across the Mexican Border," 28 June 2018 Speaking outside of the federal courthouse, Olivares said the 17 likely would be placed in immigration detention. CBS News, "DOJ asks judge to remove 20-day limit on detaining immigrant families," 21 June 2018 In a crowded courthouse, the battle for Puerto Rico’s future is underway. NBC News, "Puerto Rico 9 months after Hurricane Maria: Questions persist over death toll, closed schools," 17 June 2018 Adding to the day’s drama — and to the crowd of news media and professional line-standers — a naturalization ceremony is taking place in the hallway of the courthouse, drawing eager family members of the soon-to-be U.S. citizens. Fortune, "A Front-Row Seat for the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Ruling Costs Up to $860," 12 June 2018 The suit, filed last month at the Will County courthouse, seeks more than $50,000 in damages. Alicia Fabbre, Daily Southtown, "Crete-Monee teacher pushed student out of classroom for wearing sandals, lawsuit claims," 12 June 2018 On May 23, 2006, Ben’s trial began, in a cavernous room at the Cook County courthouse, on the city’s West Side. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration," 19 May 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

: a building in which legal cases are heard


court·​house | \ˈkȯrt-ˌhau̇s \

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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