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[ban-yoh, bahn-] /ˈbæn yoʊ, ˈbɑn-/
noun, plural bagnios.
a brothel.
(especially in Italy or Turkey) a bath or bathing house.
Archaic. a prison for slaves, especially in the Orient.
Origin of bagnio
1590-1600; < Italian bagno < Latin balneum, balineum < Greek balaneîon bathroom, bath Unabridged
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  • Since then it has been my endeavor to have the sins which led me to the bagnio atoned for by an honest life.

  • You must remember that we are slaves, and have just been delivered from the bagnio.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • Well, his hair is shaved clean to the skin, as if he just came from the bagnio.

  • He is pleased, because he didn't like putting us into the bagnio.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • Now in the house where the bagnio was she had a very dark chamber, for that no window gave thereon by which the light might enter.

  • One died; the other, Trinquet, was restored to life and the bagnio.

  • Without any question it was painted for a bagnio and it was probably refused because it was a trifle too strong.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Why, I have a beau in a bagnio, cupping for a complexion, and sweating for a shape.

    Love for Love William Congreve
  • These slaves of thine must forthwith be sent to the bagnio to join the others that tomorrow all may be sold in the sk.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Yet again, he was a little sick of the women of the streets and the bagnio.

    The Financier Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for bagnio


noun (pl) -ios
a brothel
(obsolete) an oriental prison for slaves
(obsolete) an Italian or Turkish bathhouse
Word Origin
C16: from Italian bagno, from Latin balneum bath, from Greek balaneion
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