workhouse

[ wurk-hous ]
/ ˈwɜrkˌhaʊs /

noun, plural work·hous·es [wurk-hou-ziz] /ˈwɜrkˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a house of correction.
British. (formerly) a poorhouse in which paupers were given work.
Obsolete. a workshop.

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Origin of workhouse

before 1100; Middle English werkhous, Old English weorchūs workshop. See work, house
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British Dictionary definitions for workhouse

workhouse
/ (ˈwɜːkˌhaʊs) /

noun

(formerly in England) an institution maintained at public expense where able-bodied paupers did unpaid work in return for food and accommodation
(in the US) a prison for petty offenders serving short sentences at manual labour
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