Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A house of prostitution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A brothel

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a building where prostitutes are available for hire; a brothel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as bordel. B. Jonson; Milton.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a building where prostitutes are available

Etymologies

Italian, from Old French bordel, from borde, wooden hut, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian bordello (Wiktionary)

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  • Italian for brothel. Now commonly used in Italy to mean:
    either a lot of something
    or a mess.
    Same can be said of its synonym "casino" (not casinò).

    February 5, 2008