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

  • n. A house of prostitution.

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  • n. A house of prostitution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A house of lewdness or ill fame; a house frequented by prostitutes; a bawdyhouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To haunt brothels.
  • n. A wretch; a depraved person; a lewd man or woman.
  • n. A house of lewdness; a house appropriated to the purposes of prostitution; a bawdy-house; a stew.

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

  • n. a building where prostitutes are available

Etymologies

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

Short for brothel-house, from Middle English brothel, prostitute, from brothen, past participle of brethen, to go to ruin, from Old English brēothan, to decay.

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An abbreviation of ‘brothel-house’, ultimately from Old English brēoþan ‘degrade, deteriorate’.

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