Definitions for brothelˈbrɒθ əl, ˈbrɒð-, ˈbrɔ θəl, -ðəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

broth•elˈbrɒθ əl, ˈbrɒð-, ˈbrɔ θəl, -ðəl(n.)

  1. a house of prostitution.

Origin of brothel:

1585–95; short for brothel-house whorehouse; ME brothel harlot, orig. worthless person, der. of OE brēothan to decay

broth′el•like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whorehouse, brothel, bordello, bagnio, house of prostitution, house of ill repute, bawdyhouse, cathouse, sporting house(noun)

    a building where prostitutes are available

Wiktionary

  1. brothel(Noun)

    A house of prostitution.

  2. Origin: An abbreviation of ‘brothel-house’, ultimately from Old English brēoþan ‘degrade, deteriorate’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brothel(noun)

    a house of lewdness or ill fame; a house frequented by prostitutes; a bawdyhouse

Freebase

  1. Brothel

    A brothel is a place where people may come to engage in sexual activity with a prostitute. Technically, any place where prostitution commonly takes place is a brothel, but in places where prostitution or the operation of brothels is illegal, establishments may attempt to disguise their involvement in prostitution by referring to the business as a massage parlor, a bar or a strip club. The operation of a brothel is legal in some jurisdictions and illegal or regulated in others. Laws regulating brothels vary considerably. These laws vary between countries as well as within countries, and have varied over time. In some jurisdictions, brothels are legal and regulated, while in others they are illegal. However, even in jurisdictions which regulate brothels, there are brothels which operate outside the officially approved system.

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