Meaning of bordello in English:


Pronunciation /bɔːˈdɛləʊ/

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nounplural noun bordellos

mainly North American
  • A brothel.

    ‘It was also here that the music and dance of the tango, once described as vertical flirting, was born among the brothels and bordellos of Necochea, a street that today is lined with pizzerias, cantinas and gift shops.’
    • ‘His Hollywood hills living room was transformed into a lurid cross between a bordello, a crack house, a late-night talk show, and Andy Warhol's Factory.’
    • ‘Pompeii was a sexual hothouse, but the bordellos (which numbered about 25 when Vesuvius erupted) were the least sensual thing about the place.’
    • ‘There were times when I walked through the streets dressed as a boy, lining up with the men in front of Arabian bordellos to peek into a courtyard filled with women.’
    • ‘The direct answer to your question is that this is not normal behavior toward any man of any age, except perhaps in a bordello.’
    • ‘The more expensive bordellos in major cities were elaborate affairs and attracted an elite clientele.’
    • ‘What of the many problematic representations of women, especially the happy prostitutes of the Jahalia bordello?’
    • ‘It is like writing about the virtues of a preacher who keeps carelessly getting himself arrested in bordellos.’
    • ‘They were much more sexually active than the reluctant Dane, who attended bordellos only to pay for a gazing upon the wares, while never touching.’
    • ‘But it was Kroc - a high school dropout who once played piano in bordellos and speakeasies - who figured out how to turn burgers and fries into a mass-market empire.’
    • ‘The author traces the roots of New Orleans' last and smallest zone of prostitution to antebellum bordellos and post-Civil War concert saloons.’
    • ‘Never mind that his behavior in Boston's bordellos triggered the trade.’
    • ‘Word spread of the vast deposits of copper ore, and miners flocked to the high desert, bringing with them such support services as saloons and bordellos.’
    • ‘They could see the courtesans in their boats, but unless they wanted to risk their lives, they had to stay away from these floating bordellos.’
    • ‘Its panoply of bars, bordellos, and gambling dens made the resort both popular and prosperous.’
    • ‘For example, she quickly transforms the lackluster Mulatto Boys Boarding School into a prosperous plantation serving also as a model institution, a battered wives refuge, and a night-time bordello for rich visitors.’
    • ‘Looking at them, you really do think of twirling lariats, and here the vaguely bordello colors, along with a kind of supercharged motion, suggest a semi-frantic, but also humorous, licentiousness.’
    • ‘Kirk accompanies Moore on a ride to his desert bordello, stays in a trailer known as the Fantasy Bungalow, prays with brothel staff and learns a thing or two about heartbreak, burro races, and uncontrollable grief and lust.’
    • ‘In 1897, he moved to England, where he and his common-law wife, former hostess of a Florida bordello, took up permanent residence in Brede Place, a storied castle.’
    • ‘Done up in much velvet plush, with dark red drapes and ornate chandeliers hanging from gilded ceilings, there's a definite air of the Baroque bordello to proceedings.’
    bordello, house of ill repute, house of prostitution


Late 16th century (gradually replacing Middle English bordel): from Italian, probably from Old French bordel, diminutive of borde ‘small farm, cottage’, ultimately of Germanic origin.