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

 

poorhouse

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈpɔːhaʊs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrhaʊs//
 
; BrE BrE//ˈpʊəhaʊs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʊrhaʊs//
 
(British English also workhouse)
 
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(in Britain in the past) a building where very poor people were sent to live and given work to do
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: poorhouse

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