bor·​del·​lo | \ bȯr-ˈde-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce bordello (audio) \
plural bordellos

Definition of bordello

: a building in which prostitutes are available : brothel

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Examples of bordello in a Sentence

the cabdriver offered to show me what he claimed was the fanciest bordello in town
Recent Examples on the Web Yes, women actually wanted to strut down a catwalk looking like what may have happened if Big Bird had his way with a bordello. New York Times, 21 June 2021 Still containing an original hanging tree, the building was at turns a morgue and bordello, and (unbeknownst to its owners) housed the remains of 15-18 people under its floorboards until it was refurbished in the 1980s. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 19 May 2021 As Baron planted more and more plots in The Stones, No Girls Wines followed in 2008 (inspired by the sign at the top of the stairs in a former Walla Walla bordello). Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2021 Over time, as the property was sold and neglected, boarders were arrested for stealing, running a gambling den and using the dwelling as a bordello. oregonlive, 30 Sep. 2020 The front room, painted bright red and gold, looked like a San Francisco bordello. Richard Marini,, 6 Aug. 2020 Anyone who wants bordello-cloth seats and tacky, ankle-deep shag that runs up the wall is in the wrong place. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 15 May 2020 Background Players Scotty Bowers Though Murphy disclaims any interest in Bowers, Dylan McDermott’s Ernie runs a service station that doubles as an anything-goes bordello. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 1 May 2020 Over time, as the property was sold and neglected, boarders were arrested for stealing a safe and other valuables, running a gambling den (27 slot machines were confiscated from the basement) and using the dwelling as a bordello. oregonlive, 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bordello

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bordello

Italian, from Old French bordel, from borde hut, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English bord board

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The first known use of bordello was in 1593

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2 Jul 2021

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“Bordello.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bordello

somewhat literary : a building in which prostitutes are available


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