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 (băn′yō, bän′-)
n. pl. ba·gnios
1. A brothel.
2. Obsolete
a. A prison for slaves in Asian countries.
b. A public bathhouse in Italy or Turkey.

[Italian bagno, bath, from Latin balneum, from Greek balaneion.]


n, pl -ios
1. a brothel
2. (Historical Terms) obsolete an oriental prison for slaves
3. (Historical Terms) obsolete an Italian or Turkish bathhouse
[C16: from Italian bagno, from Latin balneum bath, from Greek balaneion]


(ˈbæn yoʊ, ˈbɑn-)

n., pl. -ios.
1. a brothel.
2. Archaic. a prison for slaves, esp. in the Orient.
[1590–1600; < Italian bagno bath < Latin balneum, balineum < Greek balaneîon]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bagnio - a building where prostitutes are availablebagnio - 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
2.bagnio - a building containing public bathsbagnio - a building containing public baths  
house - a building in which something is sheltered or located; "they had a large carriage house"
sudatorium, sudatory - a bathhouse for hot air baths or steam baths
References in classic literature ?
Without any question it was painted for a bagnio and it was probably refused because it was a trifle too strong.
It is quite true that antagonism between individuals occasionally becomes exacerbated; that in the course of action or intrigue, Moors and Christians call each other dogs and scoundrels; that the buffoon in The Bagnios of Algiers, the sacristan Tristan, is free with insults for the Moorish children who make fun of him and with jibes directed at the Jew whom he amuses himself by tormenting.
But perhaps because of its popularity and association with sensual touch, massage began to acquire an unsavoury reputation in the 1880s, and by the mid-1890s had begun to create scandal, as poorly trained masseurs, brothels and bagnios came to the attention of Victorian civic reformers.
Institutional histories of the Magdalen House, the Foundling Hospital, and the Society for the Reformation of Manners are interspersed with accounts of masquerades and Sunday entertainments in the more exclusive bagnios.
While Fuchs's primary critical focus has been less on dramatic than on narrative genres--although, with Aaron Ilika, she has given us the gift of new translations of two of Cervantes' neglected plays, The Bagnios of Algiers and The Great Sultana--she has often commented perceptively on English Renaissance theater.