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Definition of courthouse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a building containing courts of law Which Word?court / court of law / courthouse All these words can be used to refer to a place where legal trials take place. Court and (formal)court of law usually refer to the actual room where cases are judged. Courtroom is also used for this. Courthouse is more often used to refer to the building:The prison is across the street from the courthouse.
  2. 2a building containing the offices of a county government
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