noun \ˈbrä-thəl, ˈbr- also -thəl\

: a building in which prostitutes are available

Full Definition of BROTHEL

:  bordello

Examples of BROTHEL

  1. <the district is infamous for its brothels and drug dealers>

Origin of BROTHEL

Middle English, worthless fellow, prostitute, from brothen, past participle of brethen to waste away, go to ruin, from Old English brēothan to waste away; akin to Old English brēotan to break — more at brittle
First Known Use: circa 1566


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