brothel

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English brothel, brodel, brodelle, brethel ‎(a wretch, a depraved man or woman) (compare also Middle English bretheling ‎(a wretch)), apparently from an unrecorded Old English *brēoþel ‎(degenerative, corruptive), related to Old English ābrēoþan ‎(to unsettle, degrade, ruin, frustrate, degenerate, deteriorate, fall away); Old English ābroþen ‎(degenerate, base, trifling); both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *breuþaną ‎(to fall apart), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- ‎(to carve, cut, split, rub).

Noun[edit]

brothel ‎(plural brothels)

  1. A wretch; a depraved person; a lewd man or woman.

Etymology 2[edit]

An abbreviation of ‘brothel-house’, ultimately from Old English ābrēoþan ‎(to degrade, deteriorate), see above.

Noun[edit]

brothel ‎(plural brothels)

  1. A house of prostitution.
Synonyms[edit]

See also Wikisaurus:brothel

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