red-light district

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red-light district

(rĕd′līt′)
n.
A neighborhood containing many brothels and often other businesses related to sexual gratification, such as sex shops and peepshows.

[Perhaps from the red lanterns or lights said to have been placed in the windows of American brothels in the 1800s.]

red′-light′ dis`trict


n.
an area or district in a city in which many houses of prostitution are located.
[1890–95; allegedly so called because brothels displayed red lights]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.red-light district - a district with many brothels
city district - a district of a town or city
Translations

red-light district

[ˌredˈlaɪtdɪstrɪkt] Nzona f de tolerancia, barrio m chino (Sp)

red-light district

[ˌrɛdˈlaɪtˌdɪstrɪkt] nquartiere m a luce rossa
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VICE WATCH Red light districts were under surveillance
However, she stopped short of backing the idea of widespread legal red light districts, such as the one in the Holbeck area of Leeds.
In 2013 Surabaya's firebrand mayor closed two of the city's six red light districts, and in June 2014 she shut down Dolly, one of the largest sex work complexes in Southeast Asia.
ben.goldby@ sundaymercury.net that red light districts were banished from the town centres, but HISTORY: Most rude street names derive from former red light districts