bor·​del·​lo bȯr-ˈde-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce bordello (audio)
plural bordellos
: 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 Around age 12, Holiday began spending time at two neighborhood bordellos, one owned by Alice Dean, the other by Ethel Moore, and became captivated by the women’s wardrobes — the furs, the jewelry, the evening dresses. Paul Alexander, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 In the past, the neighborhood was bustling—and occasionally raucous, full of fishermen and grocers working next to bordellos and bars. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 As the war rages on outside the bordello, Hugo risks capture under the noses of its Nazi patrons. Alex Ritman, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 Fashionable citizens built graceful Victorian hotels, shops and homes along Greene Street, still the only paved road in town, while miners and prostitutes crowded into boardinghouses and bordellos on Blair Street, which ran muddy and rough a block east. Jonathan Weisman Benjamin Rasmussen, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Henry eventually opened two bordellos on Sixth Street, the heart of St. Louis’ red-light district. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Both houses served white men, but Missouri’s anti-miscegenation laws only allowed Black men to seek companionship at the bordello where Black escorts worked. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Even more so, the master bedroom, a shock of gaudy bad-taste bordello style. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2023 Their goal was to rein in the bordellos that were sprouting up all over the city and confine them to one central walled enclosure where the trade could be easier monitored and controlled. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 July 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bordello was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Bordello.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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