court·​house ˈkȯrt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce courthouse (audio)
: a building in which courts of law are regularly held
: the principal building in which county offices are housed

Examples of courthouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His office walls were dotted with photos of Haggard, and on Friday afternoons he could be found unshaven and tie-less there working as his stereo blared loud country tunes into the courthouse corridors. Sam Stanton, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 On an overcast July morning, officers escorted those defendants into Istanbul’s beige brutalist courthouse, just a short walk from the Thodex headquarters where all the people on trial had once worked. Leif Wenar, WIRED, 2 Apr. 2024 The references to Trump by federal judges persist at a time — and in a courthouse — where Trump himself was initially scheduled to stand trial. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 1 Apr. 2024 In 2014, voters rejected increasing the debt tax to fund a new county civil courthouse, which is now being constructed with other funds. Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 The Bachelorette alum, 34, tied the knot with Caroline Sullivan at a Manhattan courthouse on March 22. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Till attends a news conference Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Jackson. Emma Tucker, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 The new complex, off Interstate 75 near East Ferry Street, will house the county's 2,280-bed jail, juvenile detention facility, criminal courthouse and sheriff and prosecutor staff and administrative offices. Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2024 The Boogaloo ideology allegedly embraced by Gray has fueled a string of crimes, including the murder by a former Air Force Sergeant of a guard at a federal courthouse in Oakland, Calif. Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of courthouse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Courthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


court·​house ˈkō(ə)rt-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce courthouse (audio)
: a building in which courts of law are held or county offices are located

Legal Definition


: a building in which court is regularly held

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