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bordello

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Pronunciation: /bɔːˈdɛləʊ
 
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Definition of bordello in English:

noun (plural bordellos)

chiefly North American
A brothel.
Example sentences
  • It was also here that the music and dance of the tango, once described as vertical flirting, was born among the brothels and bordellos of Necochea, a street that today is lined with pizzerias, cantinas and gift shops.
  • His Hollywood hills living room was transformed into a lurid cross between a bordello, a crack house, a late-night talk show, and Andy Warhol's Factory.
  • Pompeii was a sexual hothouse, but the bordellos (which numbered about 25 when Vesuvius erupted) were the least sensual thing about the place.

Origin

late 16th century (gradually replacing Middle English bordel): from Italian, probably from Old French bordel, diminutive of borde 'small farm, cottage', ultimately of Germanic origin.

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