Definition of bordello in English:

bordello

noun

North American
  • A brothel.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What of the many problematic representations of women, especially the happy prostitutes of the Jahalia bordello?’
    • ‘Looking at them, you really do think of twirling lariats, and here the vaguely bordello colors, along with a kind of supercharged motion, suggest a semi-frantic, but also humorous, licentiousness.’
    • ‘Never mind that his behavior in Boston's bordellos triggered the trade.’
    • ‘Its panoply of bars, bordellos, and gambling dens made the resort both popular and prosperous.’
    • ‘It is like writing about the virtues of a preacher who keeps carelessly getting himself arrested in bordellos.’
    • ‘They could see the courtesans in their boats, but unless they wanted to risk their lives, they had to stay away from these floating bordellos.’
    • ‘For example, she quickly transforms the lackluster Mulatto Boys Boarding School into a prosperous plantation serving also as a model institution, a battered wives refuge, and a night-time bordello for rich visitors.’
    • ‘They were much more sexually active than the reluctant Dane, who attended bordellos only to pay for a gazing upon the wares, while never touching.’
    • ‘The direct answer to your question is that this is not normal behavior toward any man of any age, except perhaps in a bordello.’
    • ‘In 1897, he moved to England, where he and his common-law wife, former hostess of a Florida bordello, took up permanent residence in Brede Place, a storied castle.’
    • ‘Done up in much velvet plush, with dark red drapes and ornate chandeliers hanging from gilded ceilings, there's a definite air of the Baroque bordello to proceedings.’
    • ‘Kirk accompanies Moore on a ride to his desert bordello, stays in a trailer known as the Fantasy Bungalow, prays with brothel staff and learns a thing or two about heartbreak, burro races, and uncontrollable grief and lust.’
    • ‘But it was Kroc - a high school dropout who once played piano in bordellos and speakeasies - who figured out how to turn burgers and fries into a mass-market empire.’
    • ‘The more expensive bordellos in major cities were elaborate affairs and attracted an elite clientele.’
    • ‘Pompeii was a sexual hothouse, but the bordellos (which numbered about 25 when Vesuvius erupted) were the least sensual thing about the place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were times when I walked through the streets dressed as a boy, lining up with the men in front of Arabian bordellos to peek into a courtyard filled with women.’
    • ‘The author traces the roots of New Orleans' last and smallest zone of prostitution to antebellum bordellos and post-Civil War concert saloons.’
    • ‘Word spread of the vast deposits of copper ore, and miners flocked to the high desert, bringing with them such support services as saloons and bordellos.’
    brothel, house of ill repute, house of prostitution
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation

bordello

/bɔːˈdɛləʊ/