workhouse

noun

work·​house ˈwərk-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce workhouse (audio)
1
British : poorhouse
2
: a house of correction for persons guilty of minor law violations

Examples of workhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Banning Christmas Dinner Poor laws passed in Great Britain in the 1830s reversed a centuries-old tradition to forbid workhouses from serving roast beef and plum pudding at Christmas. JSTOR Daily, 24 June 2024 Wins don’t mean as much in today’s era of analytics and deep bullpens, but the workhouse Cole is a throwback who led the AL with 209 innings last year — his sixth season with at least 200. Peter Sblendorio, Hartford Courant, 9 Mar. 2024 The former should be supported, it was thought, but the latter had to be punished (say, by being put in a workhouse) or simply abandoned to their fate. Pierre Rosanvallon, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2015 As a result of these efforts, workhouse nursing reforms gradually spread across England. Melissa Pritchard, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for workhouse 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of workhouse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Workhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/workhouse. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

workhouse

noun
work·​house ˈwərk-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce workhouse (audio)
1
British : poorhouse
2
: a place where persons who have committed minor wrongdoings are kept

Legal Definition

workhouse

noun
work·​house
: a correctional facility for persons guilty of minor criminal violations

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