Definition of courthouse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːthaʊs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrthaʊs//
    Public spaces
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  1. 1(especially North American English) a building containing courts of law The prison is opposite the courthouse. Which Word?court / law court / court of law 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. Law court (British English) is more often used to refer to the building:The prison is opposite the law court. Courthouse is used for this in North American English. See related entries: Public spaces
  2. 2(in the US) a building containing the offices of a county government
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