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 In contrast, aside from a notable new outbreak tied to a slaughterhouse in western Germany, the virus's spread has slowed across the EU and particularly in the 26 nations that make up Europe's visa-free travel zone known as the Schengen area. Lorne Cook, Anchorage Daily News, "Europe is reopening its borders, but US citizens are likely to be banned," 24 June 2020 Wieler said the outbreak at the slaughterhouse and others linked to religious gatherings could certainly spread to other people in Germany. Time, "Germany Adds Restrictions to Region Where Hundreds Were Infected With Coronavirus at Slaughterhouse," 23 June 2020 Germany’s labor minister is calling for an examination of whether a company whose slaughterhouse is at the center of a big coronavirus outbreak can be held financially liable for the fallout., "Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus," 22 June 2020 Officials ordered the closure of the slaughterhouse, as well as isolation and tests for everyone else who had worked at the Toennies site -- putting about 7,000 people under quarantine. Fox News, "Germany reports 657 new coronavirus cases linked to slaughterhouse," 18 June 2020 Until recently slaughterhouse workers had little or no access to personal protective equipment; many of them were also encouraged to keep working even after exposure to the virus. Michael Pollan, The New York Review of Books, "The Sickness in Our Food Supply," 12 May 2020 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

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First Known Use of slaughterhouse

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2020

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“Slaughterhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 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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