Definition of cathouse in US English:



North American
  • A brothel.

    ‘Mabel ran a one-woman cathouse in the back’
    • ‘I had to let him look the whole house over to make sure we hadn't turned it into a cathouse or crackhouse, and in the end promised to vacate ASAP.’
    • ‘Is it wise to run a saloon and a cathouse in a town filled with prison laborers?’
    • ‘They hung out on street corners or in clubs that were cathouses in all but name.’
    • ‘Back at the cathouse, Melissa claims to have been ‘traumatized ‘by her kitchen term.’
    • ‘But we soon learn that the cops have to close down the carnal cathouse because the publicity makes the police look lenient.’
    • ‘On the title track, he sounds like a less-mournful Tom Waits amid the accordion bump and grind of a busy cathouse.’
    • ‘The opposition party (i.e. the cathouse across the street) isn't slow to spot a chance to stick it to the competition by calling in the vice squad.’
    • ‘Saloons, cathouses and gambling establishments were the norm.’
    • ‘And there was the ongoing question of why cathouses were called cathouses when there didn't seem to be any mice.’
    • ‘I suspect Papa liked having that nude hanging in the den almost as much as he liked telling people his wife had a cathouse in the backyard.’
    • ‘As both the show's musical director and a character called The Man, guitarist Williams transplants the audience to a cathouse in New Orleans where music reigns supreme and the beat always goes on.’
    • ‘It depicts a prostitute in lower Manhattan in front of a stoop with a black cat poised on the railing - a visual pun on cathouse.’
    • ‘Our man resembles Mickey Mouse singing at a cathouse after his 10th shot of Absinthe.’
    • ‘The impression emerging in the press is of the Scottish Executive as a screeching cathouse filled with fractious and uncontrollable ministers, plotting factions, and burned-out civil servants led by a First Minister who cannot say no.’
    brothel, house of ill repute, house of prostitution
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