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.]
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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]
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Noun1.red-light district - a district with many brothels
city district - a district of a town or city
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Translations

red-light district

[ˌredˈlaɪtdɪstrɪkt] Nzona f de tolerancia, barrio m chino (Sp)
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red-light district

[ˌrɛdˈlaɪtˌdɪstrɪkt] nquartiere m a luce rossa
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Before her death, the sex worker had been in the red-light area around Blythswood Street, working to fund a heroin habit.
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A PROPOSED safe red-light area could turn a city into a mini-Amsterdam for sex tourists, residents fear.
Shelley Armitage, 31, was a vice girl from the age of 16 and worked in Huddersfield's red-light area before moving to Bradford.
A number of officers, including white-suited forensic teams, have been at the scene, about five miles from Bradford's red-light area.
LAHORE, May 22, 2010 (Frontier Star): The Lahore Police has claimed that they have found important evidences in connection with the red-light area cracker blasts and also said that the perpetrators would be apprehended shortly.
On Saturday night police spoke to more than 400 motorists and pedestrians in Ipswich's red-light area in an effort to build up pictures of the women's final days.
Police were told he had been seen frequently in the Ipswich red-light area in recent weeks.