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poorhouse

[ poor-hous ]
/ ˈpʊərˌhaʊs /
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noun, plural poor·hous·es [poor-hou-ziz]. /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/.

(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.

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Origin of poorhouse

First recorded in 1735–45; poor + house
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British Dictionary definitions for poorhouse

poorhouse
/ (ˈpʊəˌhaʊs, ˈpɔː-) /

noun

(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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