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poorhouse

[poo r-hous] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural poorhouses
[poo r-hou-ziz] /ˈpʊərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(formerly) an institution in which paupers were maintained at public expense.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; poor + house
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British Dictionary definitions for poor-house

poorhouse

/ˈpʊəˌhaʊs; ˈpɔː-/
noun
1.
(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor
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Word Origin and History for poor-house

poorhouse

n.

1781, from poor (n.) + house (n.).

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