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broth·el

 (brŏth′əl, brô′thəl)
n.
A house of prostitution.

[Short for brothel-house, from Middle English brothel, prostitute, from brothen, past participle of brethen, to go to ruin, from Old English brēothan, to decay.]

brothel

(ˈbrɒθəl)
n
1. a house or other place where men pay to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes
2. informal Austral any untidy or messy place
[C16: short for brothel-house, from C14 brothel useless person, from Old English brēothan to deteriorate; related to briethel worthless]

broth•el

(ˈbrɒθ əl, ˈbrɒð-, ˈbrɔ θəl, -ðəl)

n.
a house of prostitution.
[1585–95; short for brothel-house whorehouse; Middle English brothel harlot, orig. worthless person, derivative of Old English brēothan to decay]
broth′el•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brothel - a building where prostitutes are availablebrothel - a building where prostitutes are available
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
massage parlor - a place where illicit sex is available under the guise of therapeutic massage

brothel

noun whorehouse, red-light district, bordello, cathouse (U.S. slang), house of ill repute, knocking shop (slang), bawdy house (archaic), house of prostitution, bagnio, house of ill fame, stews (archaic) a thriving brothel
Quotations
"Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion" [William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell]
Translations
bordelliilotalo
bordeljavna kuća
bordélybordélyház
lupanar
bordell

brothel

[ˈbrɒθl] Nburdel m, prostíbulo m

brothel

[ˈbrɒθəl] nmaison f close

brothel

nBordell nt, → Puff m (inf)

brothel

:
brothel creepers
pl (hum)Leisetreter pl (hum)
brothel-keeper
nBordellwirt(in) m(f)

brothel

[ˈbrɒθl] nbordello
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