What does brothel mean?

Definitions for brothel
ˈbrɒθ əl, ˈbrɒð-, ˈbrɔ θəl, -ðəlbroth·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whorehouse, brothel, bordello, bagnio, house of prostitution, house of ill repute, bawdyhouse, cathouse, sporting housenoun

    a building where prostitutes are available


  1. brothelnoun

    A house of prostitution.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brothel, Brothelhousenoun

    A house of lewd entertainment; a bawdyhouse.

    Etymology: bordel, Fr.

    I saw him enter such a house of sale,
    Videlicet, a brothel. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Then courts of kings were held in high renown,
    Ere made the common brothels of the town:
    There, virgins honourable vows receiv’d,
    But chaste as maids in monasteries liv’d. John Dryden, W. of B.

    From its old ruins brothelhouses rise,
    Scenes of lewd loves, and of polluted joys. John Dryden, Mackfl.

    The libertine retires to the stews, and to the brothel. John Rogers.


  1. Brothel

    A brothel, bordello, ranch, or whorehouse is a place where people engage in sexual activity with prostitutes. However, for legal or cultural reasons, establishments often describe themselves as massage parlors, bars, strip clubs, body rub parlours, studios, or by some other description. Sex work in a brothel is considered safer than street prostitution.


  1. brothel

    A brothel refers to a place or establishment where individuals, typically prostitutes, engage in sexual activities with customers in exchange for monetary compensation. It is a commercial enterprise that facilitates the buying and selling of sexual services.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brothelnoun

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brothel

    broth′el, n. a house of ill-fame. [M. E. brothel—A. S. broð-en, ruined, bréðen, to go to ruin.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brothel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brothel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of brothel in a Sentence

  1. Waitress Giorgia Ponturo:

    This bar dates back to 1947, it used to be a brothel and gay hotspot, then the owner decided to adopt the phallus motif, which was an ancient Greek symbol of sexual potency and fertility, to reaffirm the virility of Sicilian men. It also brings good luck.

  2. Proverb:

    He who has one foot in a brothel, has the other in a hospital.

  3. Dave Aronberg:

    These cases arent about any one defendant or any group of defendants, the larger picture which we must all confront is the cold reality that many prostitutes in cases like this are themselves victims, often lured into this country with promises of a better life only to be forced to live and work in a sweatshop or a brothel, performing sex acts for strangers.

  4. Ben Hecht:

    In Hollywood a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.

  5. Robert Kraft:

    Usually the prostitute gets arrested or the person who's running the brothel, so this is an unusual approach, to round up the' johns.' You see it happening periodically in jurisdictions where there's a major prostitution problem and he just got caught in the net.

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  • bordeelAfrikaans
  • كرخانة, بيت التسامح, بيت دعارةArabic
  • fahişəxanaAzerbaijani
  • дом цярпімасці, публічны дом, бардэльBelarusian
  • бардак, публичен дом, бордейBulgarian
  • বেশ্যালয়Bengali
  • nevěstinec, bordelCzech
  • блѫдилиштєOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • bordelDanish
  • Bordell, Puff, FreudenhausGerman
  • πορνείοGreek
  • prostituejo, bordeloEsperanto
  • casa de citas, burdel, mancebía, casa de putas, prostíbulo, lupanarSpanish
  • lõbumaja, bordellEstonian
  • putetxeBasque
  • قحبه‌خانه, روسپی‌خانه, فاحشه‌خانه, جنده‌خانه, روسپی خانهPersian
  • porttola, bordelli, ilotaloFinnish
  • maison de tolérance, bordel, lupanar, maison close, privé, maison de prostitutionFrench
  • taigh-strìopachais, taigh-siùrsachdScottish Gaelic
  • בית-בושתHebrew
  • चकला, वेश्यालयHindi
  • bordélyház, bordély, kuplerájHungarian
  • պոռնկանոց, պոռնկատուն, հասարակաց տուն, հասարակած տուն, բորդելArmenian
  • bordil, rumah pelacuranIndonesian
  • casa chiusa, casino, lupanare, casa d'appuntamenti, bordello, postribolo, casa di tolleranzaItalian
  • 売春宿, 妓楼, 娼館Japanese
  • საროსკიპო, ბორდელიGeorgian
  • 매음굴, 매춘굴, 갈보집, 賣淫窟Korean
  • lupanarLatin
  • viešnamis, bordelisLithuanian
  • bordelisLatvian
  • whare kairauMāori
  • јавна куќа, бордел, куплерајMacedonian
  • rumah pelacuranMalay
  • burdellMaltese
  • bordeelDutch
  • bordellNorwegian
  • dom publiczny, burdelPolish
  • bordelPortuguese
  • burdelRomansh
  • bordel, lupanarRomanian
  • блудилище, лупанарий, бордель, публичный дом, дом терпимости, бардакRussian
  • бордел, bludilište, javna kuća, блудилиште, јавна кућа, burdelj, бурдељ, bordelSerbo-Croatian
  • verejný dom, nevestinec, bordelSlovak
  • javna hiša, bordelSlovene
  • bordello, bordel, shtëpi publikeAlbanian
  • glädjehus, horhus, bordellSwedish
  • madangro, danguro, dangro, madanguroSwahili
  • фоҳишахонаTajik
  • โรงหญิงโสเภณี, ซ่องโสเภณี, ซ่องThai
  • genelev, umumhane, kerhaneTurkish
  • будинок розпусти, публічний будинок, бордель, дім розпустиUkrainian
  • ویشیالیUrdu
  • nhà chứa, nhà thổVietnamese
  • 妓院Chinese

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