bordello c.1300, bordel "house of prostitution," from O.Fr. bordel "small hut, cabin; brothel" (12c.), dim. of borde "hut made of planks," from Frankish *bord "wooden board" or some other Germanic source related to BOARD (Cf. board) (n.1). The modern form is a result of the word being borrowed from French by Italian, then passed back with a suffix and re-borrowed into English by 1590s.

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  • Bordello — Bor del*lo, n. a building where prostitutes are available for hire; a brothel. Syn: whorehouse, whore house, brothel, bagnio, house of prostitution, house of ill repute, bawdyhouse, bawdy house, cathouse, sporting house. [PJC + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bordello — /bor dɛllo/ s.m. [dal fr. ant. bordel casetta , der. del franco borda capanna di assi ]. 1. [casa dove si esercita la prostituzione] ▶◀ (pop.) casa chiusa (o di malaffare o di piacere o di tolleranza), (pop.) casino, (lett.) lupanare, postribolo …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • bordello — [bôr del′ō] n. [It < OFr] a house of prostitution; brothel …   English World dictionary

  • bordello — bor·dèl·lo s.m. CO 1. edificio, appartamento in cui si esercita la prostituzione Sinonimi: casa chiusa, casa d appuntamenti, casa di tolleranza, casino, lupanare, postribolo. 2. fig., luogo di corruzione 3. estens., luogo in cui regna la… …   Dizionario italiano

  • bordello — UK [bɔː(r)ˈdeləʊ] / US [bɔrˈdeloʊ] noun [countable] Word forms bordello : singular bordello plural bordellos mainly literary a place where men pay to have sex …   English dictionary

  • Bordello — Bordel Bor del, Bordello Bor*del lo, n. [F. bordel, orig. a little hut, OF. borde hut, cabin, of German origin, and akin to E. board,n.See. {Board}, n.] A brothel; a bawdyhouse; a house devoted to prostitution. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bordello — [[t]bɔ͟ː(r)de̱loʊ[/t]] bordellos N COUNT A bordello is a brothel. [LITERARY] …   English dictionary

  • bordello —    (bohr DEL oh) [Italian] A house of prostitution.    A woman alleged to have operated a local bordello pleaded guilty to charges of prostitution …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • bordello — noun she s currently on Broadway, playing the feisty madam of a bordello Syn: brothel, whorehouse; informal cathouse; euphemistic massage parlor; dated bawdy house, house of ill repute; Law, dated disorderly house …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • bordello — n. (pl. os) esp. US a brothel. Etymology: ME (f. It. bordello) f. OF bordel small farm, dimin. of borde ult. f. Frank.: see BOARD …   Useful english dictionary

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