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red-light district Syllabification: red-light dis·trict

Definition of red-light district in English:


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.

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