courthouse

noun
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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Arrests in courthouses are a routine practice for law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests at courthouses," 12 Dec. 2018 When the swindler Bernie Madoff was imprisoned for 150 years, people cheered—not just in the courthouse, but in their cars, doing their ironing, commuting to work. Tiffany Watt Smith, SELF, "Why I Stopped Feeling Bad About Feeling Schadenfreude," 29 Nov. 2018 California governor vetoes bills to let noncitizens serve on boards, block immigration arrests in courthouses. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Key vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Friday morning; Multiple victims in Supreme smear campaign," 28 Sep. 2018 On the way out of the courthouse, Hiram snarkily tells Archiekins to have a terrific weekend, and then Fred punches Hiram in the face. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 1: Does Archie Go to Jail?," 11 Oct. 2018 After the riots in Charlottesville, the head of the UDC branch in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jackie Nichols, 67, filed suit to stop her parish from removing a statue in front of the local courthouse. Shaun Assael, Glamour, "The Secret Fight to Save Confederate Monuments," 16 Aug. 2018 Claps was walking in the lobby of the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue on July 3 when two deputies noticed a handgun fall out of a jacket draped over the judge’s arm, according to a sheriff’s incident report. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Judge charged after gun falls from jacket at Cook County's main criminal courthouse," 10 July 2018 The festival is along Palo Pinto, Spring, Dallas and Church streets west of the courthouse. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Where to find peach dishes away from the Weatherford festival crowd," 10 July 2018 They were ushered out of the courthouse under heavy police protection. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "How Casey Anthony Was Acquitted: The Jurors Explain Their Controversial Verdict," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of courthouse

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

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courthouse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of courthouse

US : a building in which legal cases are heard

courthouse

noun
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

courthouse

noun
court·​house

Legal Definition of courthouse

: a building in which court is regularly held

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