noun (plural bordellos)chiefly North American
- A brothel.More 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.
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.