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 But the federal agents (deployed to protect the courthouse) attracted attention to it. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Delaying the vote, Obama's eulogy, and the view from Portland," 2 Aug. 2020 Riots and protests have raged in Portland since the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day, with protesters often targeting federal buildings such as the courthouse. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'He chose his poison': Woman identifies grandson as suspect who threw makeshift bomb at Portland federal courthouse," 2 Aug. 2020 There was also no visible violence or property damage by protesters beyond a few people climbing up, but not jumping over, a fence surrounding the courthouse, which has been the site of the most violence recently. WSJ, "Portland Protests Peaceful After Drawdown of Federal Agents," 1 Aug. 2020 Protesters have also used blow torches and angle grinders to dismantle protective fencing placed around the federal courthouse and county justice center. oregonlive, "Lasers, leaf blowers, fireworks: How Portland protesters battle their militarized foes in the streets (photo essay)," 1 Aug. 2020 Attorney Paul Steinberg, who represented a neighbor, said Den Hollander attacked him in the courthouse corridor after a hearing and the two wound up grappling on the floor. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Lunatic hiding in plain sight': The bitter tale of a woman-hating lawyer who killed a rival and a judge's son," 1 Aug. 2020 That July, the couple got engaged in the Bahamas, tying the knot just two months later in a secret courthouse ceremony in New York. Maria Pasquini,, "Hailey Baldwin Says Husband Justin Bieber Dealt with 'Way Crazier' Childhood Fame Than She Did," 1 Aug. 2020 But some violence has been increasingly directed at the courthouse and other federal property. CBS News, "Portland protest mostly peaceful as state and local officers replace federal agents," 31 July 2020 Portland officers who had been walking around the courthouse and parks also left. Anchorage Daily News, "Portland protest scene relatively calm as withdrawal of federal agents begins," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of courthouse

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

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“Courthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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