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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Every morning when the prosecutor arrived at the courthouse, Brosnahan’s car was already there, her bathing suit hanging to dry on the headrest. Megan Cassidy,, "Alameda County judge celebrates 40 years on bench, beating the odds with RBG," 5 July 2019 In addition to the Office Street entrance, the new jury assembly room on Level B of the courthouse, the lowest level, is finished. Erika Butler,, "Office Street entrance to Harford courthouse reopens; Courtland side closed until September," 2 July 2019 The rapper will appear at a Queens courthouse, where the specific charges against her will be detailed, Queens District Attorney's Office spokesperson Meris Campbell confirmed to USA TODAY. Editors, USA TODAY, "Remembering Michael Jackson, Medal of Honor ceremony, Cardi B goes to court: 5 things to know Tuesday," 25 June 2019 The body of Andres Lopez-Perez was found in the pond off U.S. Highway 17-92, in front of the complex that holds the county’s courthouse, jail and Sheriff’s Office headquarters, according to authorities. Michael Williams,, "No foul play suspected after body is found in pond near Seminole courthouse, authorities say," 25 June 2019 Per Kentucky state law, concealed weapons still won't be allowed in courthouses, prisons, sheriff offices, jails and prisons. The Courier-Journal, "You no longer need a permit for concealed carry. What that means for gun-loving Kentucky," 24 June 2019 Across town at the main courthouse, another prong of Seattle's approach to addiction and crime plays out in its drug court. Author: Justin Jouvenal, Anchorage Daily News, "No charges for personal drug possession: Seattle’s bold gamble to bring ‘peace’ after the war on drugs," 24 June 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Outside the courthouse, Marc Agnifilo, a lawyer for Mr. Raniere, said his client maintains his innocence and plans to appeal. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Nxivm Founder Convicted of Racketeering, Sex Trafficking," 19 June 2019 Chad Cline, 46, who lives near the courthouse, told The Associated Press that a message was broadcast throughout his building shortly before 9 a.m. announcing that there was an active shooter in the area and that residents should stay inside. Jake Bleiberg,, "Masked gunman carrying high-powered rifle killed in exchange of gunfire with officers outside Dallas courthouse," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of courthouse

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

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

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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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