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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The break last month shut down Fort Lauderdale’s hotels, malls, courthouses, and restaurants. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Boil-water order finally lifted in all of Las Olas Isles," 5 Aug. 2019 The Jefferson County Department of Human Resources was called to the courthouse and an investigation immediately launched. Carol Robinson |,, "Alabama mother indicted in beating and starvation of daughters," 16 July 2019 Public Safety Assessments are performed by the Orleans Criminal District County Pretrial Services office, which is located in the courthouse and includes intake specialists who work out of the Orleans Justice Center jail. Emily Lane,, "CVS police shootout suspects detained employees with zip ties, filled trash bag with pills: NOPD," 18 June 2019 And in Bridgeport and Hartford, Blumenthal announced a new bill to block immigration enforcement at sensitive sites like schools, hospitals, courthouses and places of worship. Rebecca Lurye,, "Connecticut immigrants, state officials bracing for threat of immigration raids," 12 July 2019 And then there’s the matter of the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank — the source of hundreds of works by Alaska artists that hang in public office buildings and courthouses. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "With governor’s arts council veto, Alaska would become only state without an arts agency," 3 July 2019 The states recently banned immigration agents from arresting undocumented migrants in state courthouses. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "When Paying a Traffic Ticket Can End in Deportation," 30 June 2019 The law also instructs the attorney general to draft new rules restricting ICE agents from making immigration arrests at courthouses and hospitals. Fox News, "ICE releases list of accused murderers, rapists protected under state's sanctuary law," 25 June 2019 With hurricane season starting June 1, the courthouse and jail have yet to reopen as judges hear cases in an office building and inmates are housed in another county. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019

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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

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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