Definition of brothel in English:

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brothel

Pronunciation: /ˈbräTHəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈbrôTHəl/

noun

A house where men can visit prostitutes.
Example sentences
  • In Belgium, self-employed prostitutes are legal but brothels are not.
  • With legalised brothels the prostitutes could be forced to have regular check ups for STD's.
  • They were children and young women marked for sale into brothels and whorehouses.
Synonyms
whorehouse, bordello, massage parlor, cathouse, bagnio
dated bawdy house, house of ill repute
Law, dated disorderly house

Origin

Mid 16th century (originally brothel-house): from late Middle English brothel 'worthless man, prostitute', related to Old English brēothan 'degenerate, deteriorate'.

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Syllabification: broth·el

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