slaugh·​ter·​house | \ ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio) \

Definition of slaughterhouse

: an establishment where animals are butchered

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Recent Examples on the Web The meatpacking industry now faces perhaps its greatest test of worker safety, as the novel coronavirus continues to sweep through its slaughterhouses and processing plants. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020 The pandemic has highlighted worker conditions at slaughterhouses, where cold, damp factories and crowded workstations make infectious diseases particularly hard to control. Isis Almeida,, "Meat Companies Get Pressure from Investors to Improve Working Conditions," 20 May 2020 At one slaughterhouse, in Coesfeld, 180 workers tested positive for the virus. Anchorage Daily News, "Outbreaks in Germany, S. Korea show the risks in easing up," 9 May 2020 North America’s meat-supply chain has fallen apart as outbreaks shutter slaughterhouses, heightening the prospect that pork, beef and chicken may go missing from grocery shelves and restaurant menus. Sebastian Tong / Bloomberg, Time, "U.S. Meat Shortage Leaves Some Wendy’s Without Hamburgers," 5 May 2020 But bookkeepers, slaughterhouses, steel mills and QVC stayed open. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "QVC: Quarantine, Value, Convenience," 27 Mar. 2020 Taylor also accused Barrett of not giving residents the opportunity to be engaged in the plan for Strauss Brands LLC to move its slaughterhouse and meat processing plant from Franklin to Century City Business Park on Milwaukee's north side. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mayoral candidate state Sen. Lena Taylor counters Tom Barrett with rebuttal 'State of the City'," 12 Feb. 2020 Health officials in Germany faced outbreaks at three slaughterhouses in what was seen as a test of the government’s strategy for dealing with any resurgence of the virus as the restrictions are eased. Anchorage Daily News, "Outbreaks in Germany, S. Korea show the risks in easing up," 9 May 2020 Not just in slaughterhouses, but across the country, the extent to which workers manage to take a stand on outrageous labor conditions may mean the difference between an orderly reopening of the economy and a murderous one. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Give Me Meat and Give Them Death," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of slaughterhouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Slaughterhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slaughterhouse

: a building where animals are killed for their meat


slaugh·​ter·​house | \ ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio) \
plural slaughterhouses\ -​ˌhau̇-​zəz \

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: a building where animals are killed and prepared for food

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