[ broth-uh l, broth -, braw-thuh l, -th uh l ]
/ ˈbrɒθ əl, ˈbrɒð-, ˈbrɔ θəl, -ðəl /
a house of prostitution.
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Origin of brothel
1350–1400 for earlier sense; short for brothel-house whore-house; Middle English brothel harlot, orig. worthless person, equivalent to broth- (past participle stem of brethen, Old English brēothan to decay, degenerate) + -el noun suffix
Related formsbroth·el·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brothel
/ (ˈbrɒθəl) /
a house or other place where men pay to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes
Australian informal any untidy or messy place
Word Origin for brothel
C16: short for brothel-house, from C14 brothel useless person, from Old English brēothan to deteriorate; related to briethel worthless
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