bordel

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bordel, from Old French bordel (brothel). Doublet of bordello.

Noun[edit]

bordel (plural bordels)

  1. (now rare) A brothel.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia (Avignon Quintet), Faber & Faber, published 1992, page 470:
      Appropriately enough she had given him a rendezvous (for the marriage) at the old Sphinx, opposite the Gare Montparnasse, where the respectable exterior – a family café, where families up from the country came to eat an ice and wat for their train – masked a charming bordel with a high gallery and several spotless cubicles.

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bordel (brothel).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bordel m inan

  1. (vulgar) brothel, whorehouse
    Synonym: nevěstinec
  2. (slang) fuck-up (big mistake)
  3. (vulgar) mess (disagreeable mixture or confusion of things)
    Synonym: nepořádek

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Further reading[edit]

  • bordel in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • bordel in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • bordel in Internetová jazyková příručka

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bordel (brothel).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɔrdɛl/, [b̥ɒˈd̥ɛlˀ]

Noun[edit]

bordel n (singular definite bordellet, plural indefinite bordeller)

  1. bordello, brothel, whorehouse

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle French bordel, from Old French bordel, from Medieval Latin bordellum (brothel, small hut).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɔʁ.dɛl/
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Noun[edit]

bordel m (plural bordels)

  1. (informal) brothel
    Synonym: maison close
    • 1958, Georges Brassens (lyrics and music), “Le Pornographe”:
      S’il vous plaît de chanter les fleurs / Qu’elles poussent au moins rue Blondel / Dans un bordel
      If you like to sing about flowers / At least let them be ones that grow on Rue Blondel / In a brothel
      [Fleur, like English flower, can mean “vulva”.]
  2. (colloquial) bloody mess (UK), goddamn mess (especially US)
    Synonym: bazar
    C’est quoi ce bordel ?What the hell's this mess?

Interjection[edit]

bordel

  1. (vulgar, slang) bloody hell! (UK), Christ almighty!

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bordel (brothel).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

 
 
  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /buɾˈdɛl/ [buɾˈðɛɫ]
    • (Southern Portugal) IPA(key): /buɾˈdɛ.li/ [buɾˈðɛ.li]

  • Rhymes: (Portugal) -ɛl, (Brazil) -ɛw
  • Hyphenation: bor‧del

Noun[edit]

bordel m (plural bordéis)

  1. brothel

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bordel.

Noun[edit]

bordel n (plural bordeluri)

  1. bordello, brothel

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bordel (brothel).

Noun[edit]

bòrdel m (Cyrillic spelling бо̀рдел)

  1. brothel

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Slovak[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bordel m inan (genitive singular bordelu, nominative plural bordely, genitive plural bordelov)

  1. brothel

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Further reading[edit]

  • bordel”, in Slovníkový portál Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra SAV [Dictionary portal of the Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Science] (in Slovak), https://slovnik.juls.savba.sk, 2024