Definition of brothel in English:

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brothel

Pronunciation: /ˈbrɒθ(ə)l/

noun

A house where men 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
bordello, house of ill repute, house of prostitution;
French maison close
informal whorehouse, cathouse, drum
British informal knocking shop
North American informal creep joint
Australian/New Zealand informal crib
euphemistic massage parlour

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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