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 However, as in Amy’s case, this has done little to prevent such inquiries being given airtime in the courtroom – and little to ensure that these myths are challenged by judges and prosecutors, or explained to juries beforehand. Jenn Selby,, "“Why Didn’t She Fight Back?” The Myth That’s Used To Justify Sexual Violence," 17 Mar. 2020 Overall the aim is to reduce the number of cases and limit the number of people who gather in courtrooms, lobbies — and even hallways. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "To stop coronavirus, Michigan Supreme Court orders emergency procedures," 16 Mar. 2020 When Harvey Weinstein is sentenced Wednesday in a Manhattan courtroom, some of his accusers plan to be there. Deanna Paul, WSJ, "Harvey Weinstein Accusers Look for Closure at His Sentencing," 10 Mar. 2020 In front of a packed courtroom, the judge read the decision. Correspondent Richard Schlesinger, CBS News, ""Please help him": Police body cameras show what happened after Texas man was killed," 7 Mar. 2020 During the brief hearing before U.S. District Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey, Menchito, 29, repeatedly turned his head to scan the two dozen or so men and women in the courtroom, many of whom were in court on unrelated cases. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "El Menchito, the son of feared Mexican drug lord El Mencho, faces US judge," 26 Feb. 2020 Previous coverage: Decades after fatal stabbing, Michelle Martinko's family comes face-to-face with her alleged killer Stonebraker sat in the front row of the courtroom, flanked by her husband, John, and oldest son, Robert. Anna Spoerre, USA TODAY, "DNA on a straw helps jury convict man of murder in 1979 slaying of Iowa teen," 25 Feb. 2020 Trejo’s brother Adam Trejo said in the courtroom, South Bend Tribune reported. Robyn Merrett,, "Indiana Teen Who Fatally Stabbed Pregnant Cheerleader Girlfriend Sentenced to 65 Years Behind Bars," 9 Jan. 2020 After Guyger was sentenced and the jury left the courtroom, Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, was allowed to address Guyger directly from the witness stand. Jake Bleiberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge says she couldn’t refuse convicted ex-cop a hug," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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28 Mar 2020

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“Courtroom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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