brothel

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Etymology 1[edit]

An abbreviation of brothel-house, ultimately from Old English ābrēoþan (to degrade, deteriorate); see below.

Noun[edit]

brothel (plural brothels)

  1. A house of prostitution.
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See also Thesaurus:brothel

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Etymology 2[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; crumble), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (to carve, cut, split, rub).

Noun[edit]

brothel (plural brothels)

  1. (obsolete) A wretch; a depraved or lewd person.

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