work·​house | \ ˈwərk-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce workhouse (audio) \

Definition of workhouse

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 Would a frontrunner have faded with fatigue, while a workhouse like Lynn got stronger as the season progressed? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Opinion: In this zany baseball season, why not pick MVP, Cy Young from each region?," 15 Sep. 2020 On August 17, six women were sentenced to month-long confinements at the workhouse. National Geographic, "Arrested and tortured, the Silent Sentinels suffered for suffrage," 13 Aug. 2020 One insisted really on a type of solitary confinement for people who had been convicted of crimes and the other looked more like a workhouse. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who’s really inside America’s jails? (audio)," 3 Aug. 2020 For weeks, demonstrators have marched against police violence and held rallies to close the St. Louis Medium Security Institution known as the workhouse. al, "St. Louis couple point guns at protesters marching to mayor’s house," 29 June 2020 On June 17, at Krewson’s request, a city panel voted to cut $860,000 in spending on the workhouse to hire mental health and social workers to aid police. al, "St. Louis couple point guns at protesters marching to mayor’s house," 29 June 2020 Not long after the workhouse was built in 1868, the public burials began. John Hirschauer, National Review, "New York City’s Island of the Dead," 28 Apr. 2020 On closer investigation, Snow learned the workhouse had its own pump. Deirdre Mask, Time, "How the ‘Father of Epidemiology’ Made the Connection Between Disease and Geography," 14 Apr. 2020 Over the decades, Hart Island housed a Civil War prison, an asylum, a tuberculosis hospital, a workhouse, a jail and a missile base. CBS News, "NYC island used to bury unclaimed coronavirus victims has long history of "stories that are not told"," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of workhouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workhouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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Legal Definition of workhouse

: a correctional facility for persons guilty of minor criminal violations

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