slaugh·​ter·​house ˈslȯ-tər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio)
: an establishment where animals are butchered

Examples of slaughterhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked state health departments to work on distributing personal protective equipment to dairy and poultry farms, as well as slaughterhouses. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, 8 May 2024 Tennessee company fined nearly $650K for illegally hiring minors to clean slaughterhouses. Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 One day after winning a Best Actor Academy Award for Joker in February 2020, Joaquin Phoenix, with help from LA Animal Save, rescued Liberty and her calf, Indigo, from a Los Angeles slaughterhouse. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 5 May 2024 Sales boomed in the early months of the pandemic, as slaughterhouse shutdowns disrupted conventional meat supply chains and shoppers started trying out meatless burgers, sausages, and seafood instead. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, 22 Apr. 2024 His work is an aural document of the slaughterhouse on the other side of the wall (the gunfire, the shouts) while Mica Levi’s score is an abstracted primal scream. Hazlitt, 6 Mar. 2024 This year, the Department of Labor imposed a $1.5 million fine against Packers Sanitation Services, which provides cleaning crews to slaughterhouses. Hannah Dreier, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2023 The kitchen looked like a slaughterhouse with cherry juice splashed across every surface, and the task of pitting all those cherries? Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 The west side Covington neighborhood – once home to a thriving business district and multiple breweries and slaughterhouses – had at one time faced the prospect of losing 53 homes to a new Ohio River bridge. The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slaughterhouse was in the 14th century

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“Slaughterhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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slaugh·​ter·​house ˈslȯt-ər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce slaughterhouse (audio)
: an establishment where animals are butchered

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