Definition of red-light district in English:

Share this entry

red-light district

Pronunciation: /ˌred ˈlīt ˌdistrikt/


An area of a town or city containing many brothels, strip clubs, and other sex businesses.
Example sentences
  • This is even more the case in a red-light district than in other urban public areas.
  • The car was parked in a relatively small alleyway in the seedier part of the city; near the red-light district.
  • Occupying several blocks on two of the most beautiful canals in the very centre of the city, the red-light district is pretty much unavoidable.


Late 19th century: from the use of a red light as the sign of a brothel.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: red-light dis·trict

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.