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noun, plural pest·hous·es [pest-hou-ziz] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a house or hospital for persons infected with pestilential disease.
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Origin of pesthouse

First recorded in 1605–15; pest + house
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Examples from the Web for pesthouse

Historical Examples of pesthouse

  • It was the time of cholera; the boat might have become a pesthouse any moment.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

    Paul T. Gilbert

  • William King, surgeon to the Pesthouse, petitioned for a pension in 1611.

    The Story of London

    Henry B. Wheatley

  • There are better reasons for putting such a man in the pesthouse than one who has smallpox.

  • My mother would sooner have entered a pesthouse than the banqueting-hall where they feast, on Olympus.

  • He laughed, danced and sang at the pesthouse—things he was never known to do before.

British Dictionary definitions for pesthouse


  1. obsolete a hospital for treating persons with infectious diseasesAlso called: lazaretto
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