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

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Examples of brothel in a Sentence

the district is infamous for its brothels and drug dealers

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In a separate interview, Newton, who plays the world-weary brothel madam Maeve, pauses upon being asked about the show's topicality in a changing world. Chris Barton,, "'Westworld's' stars on how season 2 speaks to the #MeToo movement," 20 Apr. 2018 In 1982, there were no online reviews to warn us that the Palace did double duty as a brothel. Joyce Eisenberg,, "Personal Journey: Two round-the-world trips, three decades apart," 13 Apr. 2018 Argentinian outfit Independiente have filed a report following the discovery of the club's facilities being used as a brothel by some of their youth players, according to Diario AS., "Independiente File Report After Claims That Youth Players Have Been Using Facilities As Brothel," 22 Mar. 2018 Lopez was among the most ruthless in his treatment of the women who worked at the brothel, witnesses said. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Fugitive accused of being pimp for Houston gang brothels in federal custody," 13 Apr. 2018 Authorities have seized records from only a fraction of the area’s hundreds of brothels and illicit massage parlors. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Tech Bros Bought Sex Trafficking Victims by Using Amazon and Microsoft Work Emails," 21 Dec. 2017 Almost 140 men, including a Houston police officer, were arrested during a 10-day sting at former massage parlor turned brothel that was taken over earlier this month by the Houston Police Department, officials announced Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Michela Garcia, Houston Chronicle, "3 arrested in 'bank jugging' sting near Katy," 1 June 2018 Strong stomachs are strongly recommended. Streaming: The provocative original series tells the story of brothel owner Margaret Wells and her struggles raising daughters in 18th century England. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "On TV This Week: All the Top Shows and Movies You Need to Catch," 7 July 2018 But after a tip-off from a brothel owner, an investigation led to the arrest of Iyamu last August. Paula Rogo,, "'Voodoo Nurse' Sentenced For Sex Trafficking Vulnerable Nigerian Women," 5 July 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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