court·​room | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌrüm How to pronounce courtroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of courtroom

: a room in which a court of law is held

Examples of courtroom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frazier took the stand as a witness for the prosecution Tuesday in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin and gave at times tearful testimony heard only through courtroom audio. Washington Post, "Firefighter said she was ‘desperate’ to help Floyd," 31 Mar. 2021 Miles away from the courtroom, the toll of Wednesday’s testimony could also be felt. New York Times, "Clerk Who Questioned $20 Bill Watched Floyd Arrest With ‘Disbelief and Guilt’," 31 Mar. 2021 These realities, combined with the abundant amount of available courtroom footage and unique style of TikTok have laid the groundwork for Gen Z TikTok users to generate an entirely new category of content. Erin Murtha, ABC News, "The Menendez brothers are back in the zeitgeist thanks to teens on TikTok: Reporter’s notebook," 31 Mar. 2021 But there’s no shame in being the second-best courtroom drama of the year. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, "Ranking the Oscar best picture nominees from the past 5 years," 31 Mar. 2021 One is unfolding in the courtroom where a jury will decide whether former police officer Derek Chauvin is culpable in Floyd's death after pinning him to the ground with a knee on his neck. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Outside the courtroom, the trial over George Floyd's death is seen as a test of the US itself," 30 Mar. 2021 Follow the trial:Sign up here to get updates and analysis from the courtroom via SMS. Eric Ferkenhoff, USA TODAY, "Derek Chauvin trial live: MMA fighter who asked officers to stop 'blood choke' on George Floyd will testify again," 30 Mar. 2021 There is no political or social cause in this courtroom' Former police officer Derek Chauvin's attorney urged jurors to ignore this past summer of protests, and instead focus on a few minutes outside of Cup Foods. NBC News, "Derek Chauvin trial and George Floyd's death: Live updates," 29 Mar. 2021 But Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ordered them anyway, citing intense interest in the trial, the limited courtroom space and the need for transparency. Steve Karnowski, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Pandemic shapes ex-officer's trial in Floyd death," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of courtroom

1677, in the meaning defined above

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4 Apr 2021

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“Courtroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of courtroom

: a room in which legal cases are heard


court·​room | \ ˈkȯrt-ˌrüm How to pronounce courtroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Kids Definition of courtroom

: a room in which formal legal meetings and trials take place



Legal Definition of courtroom

: a room where court is held

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