court·​room | \ˈkȯrt-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m\

Definition of courtroom 

: a room in which a court of law is held

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Outside the courtroom, some of the victims’ family members wept in one another’s arms. Matthew Barakat, The Seattle Times, "Jury spares life of soldier convicted of killing wife, cop," 25 Oct. 2018 McFarland said in the courtroom, as reported by Vice. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison," 11 Oct. 2018 In a courtroom, truth is about credible evidence, not strong opinions. Katie Reilly, Time, "Rod Rosenstein Tells Law Graduates to Fall Back on ‘Your Own Moral Principles’ During Ethical Dilemmas," 11 May 2018 More so than ever, people take their agendas into the courtroom. German Lopez, Vox, "Louisiana voters will have a chance to strike down a Jim Crow law this November," 19 Oct. 2018 Clad in a navy blue prison uniform and orange rubber slip-on shoes, Padilla was shackled when escorted into the courtroom by U.S. Marshals. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Federal suit against disgraced Tundra Village developer goes to trial," 11 July 2018 The sound of chains dropping to the floor could be heard as the defendants were unshackled before being led into the courtroom. Kristina Davis,, "San Diego federal court begins fast-tracking border-crossing cases. Critics call it 'assembly line justice'," 10 July 2018 The question of how far safeguards should stretch for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Indians pumped a bit of tension into the courtroom. New York Times, "India’s Supreme Court Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex," 10 July 2018 Weinstein, 66, walked into the courtroom with his hands cuffed behind his back. Michael R. Sisak,, "Weinstein lawyer says e-mails, witnesses show he’s innocent," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of courtroom

1677, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of courtroom

: a room in which legal cases are heard


court·​room | \ˈkȯrt-ˌrüm, -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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