Definition of poorhouse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

poorhouse

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NAmE//ˈpʊrhaʊs//
 
, NAmE//ˈpɔrhaʊs//
 
 
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(in the past) a building where very poor people were sent to live and given work to do
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: poorhouse

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