slaughterhouse

[ slaw-ter-hous ]
/ ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊs /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for slaughterhouse

slaughterhouse

/ (ˈslɔːtəˌhaʊs) /

noun

a place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir
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Word Origin and History for slaughterhouse

slaughterhouse


n.

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.

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