Definition of bagnio in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːnjəʊ/

noun (plural bagnios)

1 archaic A brothel.
Example sentences
  • The most notorious madam of the era was one Elizabeth Hayward who ran bagnios with a rare wit.
  • At Storytown's peak, over 2000 prostitutes, in various bagnios, were selling Love in hourly increments.
  • For this vile end the bagnios and lodging-houses are near at hand.
2 historical (In East Asia) a prison.
Example sentences
  • Many other messages were exchanged between Zoraida and the captive until enough money was collected to furnish a ship and ransom other bagnio captives besides himself.
  • Garcés examines the five years he spent in the Algerian bagnios and the impact of his imprisonment on his works.
  • All these are Government slaves, and are carried off at once to one of the three great government prisons or bagnios.


Late 16th century (in sense 2): from Italian bagno, from Latin balneum 'bath'.

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