Definition of brothel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbräTHəl/
Pronunciation: /ˈbrôTHəl/


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.
whorehouse, bordello, massage parlor, cathouse, bagnio
dated bawdy house, house of ill repute
Law, dated disorderly house


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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