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bagnio

[ban-yoh, bahn-]
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noun, plural bagn·ios.
  1. a brothel.
  2. (especially in Italy or Turkey) a bath or bathing house.
  3. Archaic. a prison for slaves, especially in Asia.
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Origin of bagnio

1590–1600; < Italian bagno < Latin balneum, balineum < Greek balaneîon bathroom, bath
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Examples from the Web for bagnio

Historical Examples

  • Well, his hair is shaved clean to the skin, as if he just came from the Bagnio.

    The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)

    Alexandre Dumas pre

  • I saw the Bagnio to-day, and since then I am terribly nervous.

  • Show it to the captain of the guard at the Bagnio, who will admit you.

  • After passing the Bagnio with a shudder, he extinguished the lantern.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • You must remember that we are slaves, and have just been delivered from the Bagnio.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for bagnio

bagnio

noun plural -ios
  1. a brothel
  2. obsolete an oriental prison for slaves
  3. obsolete an Italian or Turkish bathhouse
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Word Origin

C16: from Italian bagno, from Latin balneum bath, from Greek balaneion
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