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 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, "Tested: 1980 Volkswagen Vanagon L Proves To Be a Worthy Follow Up To the Original Type 2 VW Bus," 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, "‘Hollywood’ Offers Alternate History, and Glimpses of a Real One," 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, "Can Darcelle, the world’s oldest drag queen, still be fabulous while sequestered during a pandemic? Oh, darling, yes," 30 Mar. 2020 At the time, the house was operating as a bordello. Sarah Midkiff,, "A New Netflix Horror Movie Is Based On A Real Haunted House & It’s Messing Everyone Up," 1 Mar. 2020 Eventually, the pimp takes the teenage boy to live in a blue bordello by the sea. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, "Existential Noir," 6 Jan. 2020 Because the music emerged, in part, in the bordellos of New Orleans’ Storyville vice district at the turn of the previous century, the world has viewed jazz as embodying the illicit. Howard Reich,, "Sacred jazz: Reflections on a rare performance of Marsalis’ ‘Abyssinian Mass’," 27 Nov. 2019 That nude bordello really edged the whole vibe in a fratty direction, and the long running time required a lot of take-forever talk about prophecies and destiny. Darren Franich,, "Netflix's The Witcher is nakedly terrible: Review," 20 Dec. 2019 State officials currently oversee 21 legal bordellos in seven counties. Washington Post, "US judge dismisses case against legal brothels in Nevada," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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“Bordello.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bordello

somewhat literary : a building in which prostitutes are available

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