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 Jordan Niles was a workhouse on the drive with 10 carries in the drive for 62 yards. Gary Curreri,, "Thaddius Franklin, Chaminade-Madonna dominate Clearwater Central Catholic in 3A state semi," 29 Nov. 2019 As the workhouse of the world, China has borne the brunt of environmental costs that accompanied the rise of consumerism in the West and, now, at home. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Blow Out the Candles: China at 70 — The Loop," 1 Oct. 2019 He was convicted and sentenced to four months of service in a workhouse. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The “Cancel Culture” Con," 23 Sep. 2019 United Launch Alliance retired a workhouse rocket built in Alabama today with the successful last launch of a Delta-IV Medium rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Lee Roop |, al, "Watch ULA launch the last Delta-IV rocket built in Alabama," 22 Aug. 2019 Photo: The Royal Portfolio Heatherwick and his team also redid the exterior of an adjacent workhouse—the elevator’s office and control center—which became the Silo Hotel, a 28-room boutique property with crystal chandeliers and velvet sofas. Lynn Freehill-maye, WSJ, "Grain Silos: From Empty Relics to Cultural Landmarks and Luxury Hotels," 29 Aug. 2018 Those create workhouses for poor people to work in. Recode Staff, Recode, "Journalist and author Annie Lowrey wants you to understand that universal basic income isn’t crazy," 16 July 2018 During the Industrial Revolution, England built workhouses where the destitute broke stones and untangled rope in return for food and a bed. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 The commission that repealed the system replaced it with Dickensian workhouses—a corrective, at the opposite extreme, for a program that everyone agreed had failed. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Who Really Stands to Win from Universal Basic Income?," 24 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of workhouse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Workhouse.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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Legal Definition of workhouse

: a correctional facility for persons guilty of minor criminal violations

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