red-light district


: a district in which houses of prostitution are frequent

Word History


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

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Red-light district.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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