noun, plural Char·ter·hous·es [chahr-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈtʃɑr tərˌhaʊ zɪz/.

  1. a Carthusian monastery.
  2. the hospital and charitable institution founded in London, in 1611, on the site of a Carthusian monastery.
  3. the public school into which this hospital was converted.
  4. the modern heir of this school, now located in Surrey.


  1. a Carthusian monastery

great English public school founded in London in 1611, a folk etymology alteration of chartreux (see chartreuse); it was founded upon the site of a Carthusian monastery.

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