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[slaw-ter-hous] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊs/
noun, plural slaughterhouses
[slaw-ter-hou-ziz] /ˈslɔ tərˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
a building or place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir.
Origin of slaughterhouse
1325-75; Middle English slautherhus; see slaughter, house Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slaughterhouse
  • Inside the slaughterhouse, the floor is shiny and slippery, splotched with red.
  • If they knew they were going to get slaughtered, they would act wilder in the slaughterhouse.
  • Only a few people have to worry about this: slaughterhouse workers and prion researchers.
  • People are upset only because of the incompetence of the cowboy, not because they are being led to the slaughterhouse.
  • Retreating to the side of the slaughterhouse, he said, he was shaking so badly he could barely reload.
  • Cattle-handling violations weren't rare at slaughterhouse.
  • Six weeks later, when the broilers are carved up at the slaughterhouse, resistant bacteria spill out everywhere.
British Dictionary definitions for slaughterhouse


a place where animals are butchered for food; abattoir
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Word Origin and History for slaughterhouse

also slaughter-house, late 14c., "place where animals are butchered for market," from slaughter (n.) + house (n.). The Slaughter-house cases in U.S. history were 1873.

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