[broth-uhl, broth-, braw-thuhl, -thuhl]
a house of prostitution.

1350–1400 for earlier sense; short for brothel-house whore-house; Middle English brothel harlot, orig. worthless person, equivalent to broth- (past participle stem of brethen, Old English brēothan to decay, degenerate) + -el noun suffix

brothellike, adjective Unabridged
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brothel (ˈbrɒθəl)
1.  a house or other place where men pay to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes
2.  informal (Austral) any untidy or messy place
[C16: short for brothel-house, from C14 brothel useless person, from Old English brēothan to deteriorate; related to briethel worthless]

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Word Origin & History

"bawdy house," 1590s, shortened from brothel-house, from brothel "prostitute" (late 15c.), earlier "vile, worthless person" of either sex (14c.), from O.E. broðen pp. of breoðan "deteriorate, go to ruin," from P.Gmc. *breuthanan, var. of *breutanan "to break" (cf.
brittle). In 16c. brothel-house was confused with unrelated bordel (see bordello) and shifted meaning from a person to a place.
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Example sentences
The brothel business model is more vulnerable than it looks.
The brothel is still operating, and the police have not arrested the main traffickers.
Two former city police officers convicted of running a brothel have been ordered to surrender to begin serving prison terms.
The naturalists delighted in description of vice and disease, the dramshop, the
  hospital and the brothel.
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