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[slaw-ter-hous] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural slaughterhouses
[slaw-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir.
Origin of slaughterhouse
1325-75; Middle English slautherhus; see slaughter, house Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It nailed Perry between the eyes, like a slaughterhouse bolt.


    Cory Doctorow
  • The streets in this vicinity were literally a slaughterhouse.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux
  • See here, seorito, are you going to the slaughterhouse to skin something?

    Maximina Armando Palacio Valds
  • The whole business reminded me of cattle being taken to the slaughterhouse.

  • Why don't they kill their beef in a slaughterhouse and give them the meat, instead of turning the animals over to them alive?

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for slaughterhouse


a place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for slaughterhouse

also slaughter-house, late 14c., "place where animals are butchered for market," from slaughter (n.) + house (n.). The Slaughter-house cases in U.S. history were 1873.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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