Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bagnio
Historical Examples
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bagnio

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bagnio

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bagnio