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noun, plural cat·hous·es [kat-hou-ziz] /ˈkætˌhaʊ zɪz/. Slang.
  1. a brothel; whorehouse.
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Origin of cathouse

1595–1605, for earlier sense of “siege tower”; 1930–35 for current sense; cat (in obsolete sense of “prostitute”) + house
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Related Words for cathouse

bordello, cathouse, bagnio, whorehouse, brothel, bawdyhouse

Examples from the Web for cathouse

Historical Examples of cathouse

  • Went out of here to die, get drunk, go back to work in a cathouse or pushing dope—I don't care.

    The Trial of Callista Blake

    Edgar Pangborn

British Dictionary definitions for cathouse


  1. US and Canadian a slang word for brothel
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