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 Defendant John Lee Cowell, 29, was not present in the courtroom. Megan Cassidy,, "Nia Wilson’s sister testifies in murder trial: ‘I just see blood on her hands’," 10 Feb. 2020 Judge Heather Karabeika granted the request on Monday afternoon, prompting cheers and sobs from family and friends who had gathered in the courtroom. oregonlive, "Kylee Dixon returned to mother’s custody, judge dismisses DHS case," 4 Feb. 2020 About a year or so ago, Hartert went to a dedication at the Waukesha County Courthouse for two deputies who were shot and killed in the courtroom. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Summit police officers were shot and killed 45 years ago. Here's how their department plans to honor them.," 4 Feb. 2020 Beyond his work in the courtroom, Dershowitz earned a reputation in the classroom as a prominent legal professor at Harvard Law. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "‘Must be a pretty good lawyer’: Meghan McCain cites OJ Simpson trial while defending Alan Dershowitz," 30 Jan. 2020 Many in the courtroom burst out laughing, Wilson County sheriff's Lt. Andy Humbles, USA TODAY, "Sheriff: Man pleading for pot legalization lights up in front of judge," 29 Jan. 2020 Guantanamo Bay’s base commander relayed a tsunami warning but did not notify the media operations center nor the teams in the courtroom. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "CIA interrogator says Amazon film The Report got waterboarding of accused terrorist wrong," 29 Jan. 2020 Seventy journalists had been allowed inside, a reward for lining up outside the building before dawn; one of them opened his laptop to spend several minutes revising a tweet about being in the courtroom. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Opening Statements in the Harvey Weinstein Trial and the Undermining of #MeToo," 23 Jan. 2020 Nearly 50 were dismissed for the same reason on the second day, according to the pool reporter in the courtroom. Jean Casarez, CNN, "A woman writing a novel about 'predatory older men' has been seated on the Harvey Weinstein jury," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of courtroom

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of courtroom was in 1677

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15 Feb 2020

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“Courtroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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