Definition of workhouse
1 British : poorhouse
2 : a house of correction for persons guilty of minor law violations
Recent Examples of workhouse from the Web
When Quakers Charles and Rhoda Coffin ministered in prisons and workhouses across the United States in the 1860s, the couple witnessed the deplorable conditions that inmates, in particular, women faced.
Dom is a workhouse, a great athlete and a great lacrosse player.
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Legal Definition of workhouse
: a correctional facility for persons guilty of minor criminal violations
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