a building where prostitutes are around for hire a brothel
- a building in which prostitutes are available
- A brothel; a bawdyhouse; a property dedicated to prostitution.
c.1300, bordel "house of prostitution," from Old French bordel "little hut, cabin; brothel" (12c.), diminutive of borde "hut made of planks," from Frankish *bord "wooden board" or some other Germanic source related to board (n.1). The current kind is because of the French term becoming borrowed by Italian then passed back to French with a suffix and re-borrowed into English with its present type by 1590s.
(n.) A brothel; a bawdyhouse; a property devoted to prostitution.