cathouse

noun
cat·​house | \ ˈkat-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce cathouse (audio) \
plural cathouses

Definition of cathouse

informal
: a place where prostitutes are available : brothel Raymond's whorehouses helped the town's economy quite a bit. … I used to find out what the cathouses were like inside because I often went there to pick up drunks.— Ron Strickland

Examples of cathouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cathouse madam Billie (played with authority and delight by Kate Shindle) has more to do than before. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cathouse

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Cathouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cathouse. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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cathouse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cathouse

: a place where prostitutes are available : brothel

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