- a house of prostitution.
Origin of brothel
Examples from the Web for brothel
The documentary Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, directed by Kitty Green, opens in a most unusual way.
One hour into Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, Green sits down with Victor for an interview.
- a house or other place where men pay to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes
- Australian informal any untidy or messy place
Word Origin and History for brothel
"bawdy house," 1590s, shortened from brothel-house, from brothel "prostitute" (late 15c.), earlier "vile, worthless person" of either sex (14c.), from Old English broðen past participle of breoðan "deteriorate, go to ruin," from Proto-Germanic *breuthanan, variant of *breutanan "to break" (cf. brittle). In 16c. brothel-house was confused with unrelated bordel (see bordello) and the word shifted meaning from a person to a place.