noun, plural slaugh·ter·hous·es [slaw-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir.

Origin of slaughterhouse

1325–75; Middle English slautherhus; see slaughter, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slaughterhouse

abattoir, butchery, shambles, stockyard

Examples from the Web for slaughterhouse

Contemporary Examples of slaughterhouse

Historical Examples of slaughterhouse

  • It nailed Perry between the eyes, like a slaughterhouse bolt.


    Cory Doctorow

  • The streets in this vicinity were literally a slaughterhouse.

    The Invasion

    William Le Queux

  • See here, seorito, are you going to the slaughterhouse to skin something?


    Armando Palacio Valds

  • The whole business reminded me of cattle being taken to the slaughterhouse.

  • Why don't they kill their beef in a slaughterhouse and give them the meat, instead of turning the animals over to them alive?

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor

British Dictionary definitions for slaughterhouse



a place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for slaughterhouse

also slaughter-house, late 14c., "place where animals are butchered for market," from slaughter (n.) + house (n.). The Slaughter-house cases in U.S. history were 1873.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper