[pros-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-]


the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
base or unworthy use, as of talent or ability.

Origin of prostitution

First recorded in 1545–55, prostitution is from the Late Latin word prōstitūtiōn- (stem of prōstitūtiō). See prostitute, -ion
Related formsan·ti·pros·ti·tu·tion, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prostitution

adultery, fornication, harlotry, hustling, whoring

Examples from the Web for prostitution

Contemporary Examples of prostitution

Historical Examples of prostitution

  • Prostitution is the door of escape freely opened to all women.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Prostitution, known as the “social evil,” is promiscuous unchastity for gain.


    Henry Stanton

  • He says: Prostitution of women has existed at all times and among all peoples.

  • Prostitution in the nineteenth century from the standpoint of police sanitation.

  • Prostitution is to be combated, not in the houses of ill-fame, but in the family.

Word Origin and History for prostitution

1530s, from Middle French prostitution and directly from Late Latin prostitutionem (nominative prostitutio), noun of action from past participle stem of prostituere (see prostitute).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper