Definition of countinghouse in US English:

countinghouse

noun

historical
  • An office or building in which the accounts and money of a person or company were kept.

    • ‘Then, on the third day of his visit, while the merchant is in his counting house, the wife complains that her husband is selfish, both with money and with love.’
    • ‘Apparently, Herbert has made little progress in his search for an ‘opening’ to riches through the counting house.’
    • ‘He had been apprenticed to a counting house, but when some funds turned up missing, he was accused and sent to jail.’
    • ‘He comes to the counting house to wish Scrooge a merry Christmas and invite his uncle to dine with himself and his wife on Christmas Day.’
    • ‘After his long day at the counting house or government office, the bourgeois felt entitled to legitimate amusement.’

Pronunciation

countinghouse

/ˈkoun(t)iNGˌhous//ˈkaʊn(t)ɪŋˌhaʊs/