Definition of brothel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbrɒθl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrɑːθl//
, NAmE//ˈbrɔːθl//
(also bordello especially in North American English)
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a house where people pay to have sex with prostitutes Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally brothel-house): from late Middle English brothel ‘worthless man, prostitute’, related to Old English brēothan ‘degenerate, deteriorate’.Extra examples He used to visit a brothel in Paris. He used to visit a brothel on the outskirts of town. His aunt ran a brothel. She ran a brothel in Soho.
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