poorhouse

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noun poor·house \-ˌhau̇s\

Definition of poorhouse

  1. :  a place maintained at public expense to house needy or dependent persons

1792

First Known Use of poorhouse

1792


POORHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

poorhouse

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noun poor·house \-ˌhau̇s\

Definition of poorhouse for English Language Learners

  • : a place for poor people to live that is paid for by the taxes, donations, etc., of other people


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