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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