[ bawr-del-oh ]
/ bɔrˈdɛl oʊ /

noun, plural bor·del·los.

a brothel.

Origin of bordello

1590–1600; < Italian < Old French bordel bordel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bordello


/ (bɔːˈdɛləʊ) /

noun plural -los

a brothelAlso called (archaic): bordel (ˈbɔːdəl)

Word Origin for bordello

C16: from Italian, from Old French borde hut, cabin
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Word Origin and History for bordello



c.1300, bordel "house of prostitution," from Old French bordel "small hut, cabin; brothel" (12c.), diminutive of borde "hut made of planks," from Frankish *bord "wooden board" or some other Germanic source related to board (n.1). The modern form is a result of the French word being borrowed by Italian then passed back to French with a suffix and re-borrowed into English in its current form by 1590s.

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