poorhouse

noun poor·house \ ˈpu̇r-ˌhau̇s , ˈpȯr- \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

Definition of poorhouse

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

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First Known Use of poorhouse

circa 1579


POORHOUSE Defined for English Language Learners

poorhouse

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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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