- a house or hospital for persons infected with pestilential disease.
Origin of pesthouse
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Examples from the Web for pesthouse
It was the time of cholera; the boat might have become a pesthouse any moment.The Great White Tribe in Filipinia
Paul T. Gilbert
William King, surgeon to the Pesthouse, petitioned for a pension in 1611.The Story of London
Henry B. Wheatley
There are better reasons for putting such a man in the pesthouse than one who has smallpox.Self Knowledge and Guide to Sex Instruction
T. W. Shannon
My mother would sooner have entered a pesthouse than the banqueting-hall where they feast, on Olympus.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
He laughed, danced and sang at the pesthouse—things he was never known to do before.
- obsolete a hospital for treating persons with infectious diseasesAlso called: lazaretto
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