Definition of disorderly house in English:

disorderly house

noun

Law
archaic
  • A brothel:

    ‘she was convicted of running a disorderly house’
    • ‘Although only three arrests were made, police issued citations to 445 attendees with a penalty of $968 each for being ‘patrons of a disorderly house.’’
    • ‘One woman was arrested on suspicion of running a disorderly house while the second was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine.’
    • ‘In addition four of the appellants had pleaded guilty either as principals or aiders and abettors to charges of keeping a disorderly house.’
    • ‘One set is to be found in the Theatres Act 1968, the other in the common law offences of presenting an indecent exhibition, or keeping a disorderly house.’
    • ‘In the cities, taverns that catered to the poor, to laborers, and to slaves were much more likely to be prosecuted as ‘disorderly houses’ than those establishments whose patrons were wealthy elites.’

Pronunciation:

disorderly house

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