whore·​house ˈhȯr-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce whorehouse (audio)
: a building in which prostitutes are available : brothel

Examples of whorehouse in a Sentence

he visited a whorehouse while stationed overseas
Recent Examples on the Web Then there’s the production design: the French Quarter townhouse and its unhappy clutter, costumes inspired by by J.C. Leyendecker illustrations, goth makeup, ridiculous colored contact lenses to set the vamps apart, big group scenes at opera palaces and whorehouses. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 13 May 2024 No studio would finance the feature, about a whorehouse exhibitionist who lams it after being framed for murder — so director Melvin Van Peebles financed it himself with a boost from Bill Cosby, who gave him a $50,000 loan. Andrew Lawrence, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Perry and Paul pay a visit to the whorehouse. Matt Cabral, EW.com, 3 Aug. 2020 The book was all about a pimp and trying to start a whorehouse. Andrew Goldman, Vulture, 6 Jan. 2022 Sogolon finds working in a whorehouse something of an improvement. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2022 The forced execution of Flora by Joanie behind closed whorehouse doors evokes Trixie’s murder of an abusive john in the pilot (his corpse becoming pig chow). Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 In this novel, even the whorehouse bouncer reads Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 Wracked by survivor’s guilt and haunted by visions of war, Nick sits in a whorehouse bar — without drinking or going upstairs. Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Whorehouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whorehouse. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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