red-light district


Definition of red-light district

: a district in which houses of prostitution are frequent

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First Known Use of red-light district

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for red-light district

so called from the traditional practice of employing red lights to indicate houses of prostitution

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The first known use of red-light district was in 1894

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“Red-light district.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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