broth·​el | \ ˈbrä-thəl, ˈbrȯ- also -t͟həl \
plural brothels

Definition of brothel

: a building in which prostitutes are available : bordello For recreation, there were bars, after-hours joints, pool halls, strip joints, brothels, and transient motels.— Darlene Nall Elizaveta is happy to become the madam of a high-class brothel.— Jonathan Fast In the brutal red-light district of Chicago, at the dawn of the 20th century, most brothels emphasized "efficiency instead of fantasy."— Ada Calhoun

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Examples of brothel in a Sentence

the district is infamous for its brothels and drug dealers

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Not everything is on the tour, though: Some of the locations — like casino and brothel One Eyed Jack’s, the town gazebo and many of the interiors — were filmed on back lots in Los Angeles. Tantri Wija, The Seattle Times, "It’s happening again: Inside Western Washington’s ‘Twin Peaks’ tourism," 20 Nov. 2018 His Love Ranch brothel is where NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015. Fox News, "Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72," 16 Oct. 2018 Dennis Hof, owner of a strip club and five brothels as well as author of the book The Art of the Pimp, is on track to becoming a state senator in Nevada, thanks in part to support from evangelicals. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Evangelicals boldly back ex-pimp for state senator in Nevada.," 22 June 2018 No one wants to rent to a person who used the last rental as a temporary brothel or drug den. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Surviving a Bad Airbnb Review," 19 Jan. 2018 Season two—as everyone bemoaned—was largely a dry spell, even as Jamie frequented a brothel with the bonnie prince. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Outlander's Sex Scenes Are More Than Hot—They're Genuinely Feminist," 7 Dec. 2018 Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "Nevada legal pimp, candidate, star of HBO series found dead," 17 Oct. 2018 One of the world’s most powerful brothel keepers was eager to bare all. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Infamous madam to the stars was willing to spill celebrities' secrets for book about her wild days," 15 Aug. 2018 His client is a New York senator (Alex Manette) whose teenage daughter, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov), has been kidnapped and, according to an anonymous tip, forced to work in a Manhattan brothel. Justin Chang,, "Joaquin Phoenix descends into a hellish New York underworld in the haunting 'You Were Never Really Here'," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of brothel

1566, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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: a building in which prostitutes are available

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