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

Definition of slaughterhouse

: an establishment where animals are butchered

Examples of slaughterhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The payment was made after slaughterhouse operations and food production had resumed. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 Don’t even ask about the town zoo, the slaughterhouse, the topiary maze. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Three health establishments, one school, a slaughterhouse and a water pipeline in the region were also affected, the government statement said. Larry Madowo, Saskya Vandoorne And Niamh Kennedy, CNN, 24 May 2021 Vechta county said 66 workers at a chicken slaughterhouse tested positive, though most appeared to have been infected in their free time. Geir Moulson, The Denver Post, 19 July 2020 The old slaughterhouse has served as a temporary mosque for the past 21 years for many Muslims in Angers, a city in western France. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Cinci remained shy around humans after her ordeal but enjoyed the company of her herd, some 50 other slaughterhouse escapees. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 2 Dec. 2020 Then in 2007, the last horse slaughterhouse in the country, in Illinois, closed after Congress prohibited federal funds for inspection and a state law banned horsemeat for human consumption. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 The aggressive, horn-lowering, hoof scratching cross between domestic cattle and bison fled from a local slaughterhouse on Aug. 3 as he was being offloaded from a trailer. Jesse Leavenworth,, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of slaughterhouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2021

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“Slaughterhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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 \

Kids Definition of slaughterhouse

: a building where animals are killed and prepared for food

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