Definition of brothel in US English:

brothel

noun

  • A house where men can visit prostitutes.

    • ‘This in turn would mean the prostitutes would get better business in the brothels.’
    • ‘He owned the building where the brothel was housed and the business was registered in his name, she said.’
    • ‘Traffickers are paid a sum of money for each woman and girl they deliver to a brothel or pimp.’
    • ‘Does he mind the public knowing that he has visited lap-dancing clubs and brothels?’
    • ‘In Belgium, self-employed prostitutes are legal but brothels are not.’
    • ‘They were children and young women marked for sale into brothels and whorehouses.’
    • ‘You're still very drunk and have decided to visit a local brothel before going back to barracks.’
    • ‘In other news, Blunkett is apparently looking at decriminalising brothels in a bid to make prostitutes safer.’
    • ‘With legalised brothels the prostitutes could be forced to have regular check ups for STD's.’
    • ‘In the port of Cadiz, he made drawings of prostitutes on the street and in brothels.’
    • ‘Four girls were not told where they were going before they were taken to the brothel.’
    • ‘Hundreds of new Asian prostitutes are coming to work in the new Asian brothels that are being set up in this country.’
    • ‘The City of South Sydney has taken the bold step of trialling safe house brothels.’
    • ‘This parcel he took to a local brothel and presented to a prostitute he knew.’
    • ‘Married for 29 years, he acknowledges he visited brothels as a sailor in the communist era.’
    • ‘Men will be taught to respect women, to abandon their old-fashioned views of patriarchy and stop visiting brothels.’
    • ‘People who work on the streets generally are younger than your average sex worker in a brothel.’
    • ‘It is illegal to run a brothel, which constitutes premises where more than one prostitute is working.’
    • ‘With Matt as the spokesperson, drugs houses and brothels did not last long in the area.’
    bordello, house of ill repute, house of prostitution
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Origin

Mid 16th century (originally brothel-house): from late Middle English brothel ‘worthless man, prostitute’, related to Old English brēothan ‘degenerate, deteriorate’.

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