bordello

noun
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

Examples of bordello in a Sentence

the cabdriver offered to show me where he claimed the most infamous bordello in town used to be
Recent Examples on the Web Kitty Schmidt spoke after the war with the German journalist Klaus Harpprecht about the SS takeover of her bordello, though without providing much detail. David Motadel, The New York Review of Books, 7 Sep. 2022 Even if the gilt ceiling is wallpaper and the red-velvet upholstery skews bordello, the Nines has proven that scenesters can get into Cole Porter. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 28 Aug. 2022 No longer was this a matter of a U.S. senator frolicking at a male bordello: The security of the nation was now at risk. James Kirchick, Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Peck wore a series of leather masks with strips of dangling bordello fringe, which obscured most of his features, but not his searching blue eyes. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 Born in Searchlight, Nevada, to an alcoholic father who killed himself at 58 and a mother who served as a laundress in a bordello, Reid grew up in a small cabin without indoor plumbing and swam with other children at a pool at a local brothel. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 Sep 2022

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“Bordello.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bordello. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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