noun (plural bagnios) Etymology: Italian bagno, literally, public baths (from the Turks' use of Roman baths at Constantinople as prisons), from Latin balneum, from Greek balaneion Date: 1599 1. obsolete prison 2. bordello

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  • Bagnio — Bagn io, n. [It. bagno, fr. L. balneum. Cf. {Bain}.] 1. A house for bathing, sweating, etc.; also, in Turkey, a prison for slaves. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. A brothel; a stew; a house of prostitution. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bagnio — [ban′yō, bän′yō] n. pl. bagnios [It bagno < L balneum, bathing place: see BALNEOLOGY] 1. Obs. a Turkish or Italian bathhouse 2. Obs. in the Near East and N Africa, a prison 3. a house of prostitution; brothel …   English World dictionary

  • Bagnio — Bagnios were the slave prisons of Turkey and the Barbary regencies. In the Barbary prisons, the hostages of the pirates spent their evenings there, leaving during the day to work as laborers, galley slaves, or domestic servants. The term was… …   Wikipedia

  • bagnio — /ban yoh, bahn /, n., pl. bagnios. 1. a brothel. 2. (esp. in Italy or Turkey) a bath or bathing house. 3. Archaic. a prison for slaves, esp. in the Orient. [1590 1600; < It bagno < L balneum, balineum < Gk balaneîon bathroom, bath] * * * …   Universalium

  • bagnio — noun brothel …   Wiktionary

  • bagnio — n. public bathhouse; brothel; prison for slaves …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bagnio — [ bα:njəʊ, banjəʊ] noun (plural bagnios) 1》 archaic a brothel. 2》 historical (in the Far East) a prison. Origin C16: from Ital. bagno, from L. balneum bath …   English new terms dictionary

  • bagnio — n. 1. Bath, bathing house. 2. Brothel, stew, bawdy house, house of prostitution, house of ill fame …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • bagnio — n 1. brothel, bordello, Archaic. bordel, Obs. stew, lupanar, Obs. kip, nunnery; house of ill repute, house of ill fame, house of prostitution, bawdyhouse, whorehouse, Inf. sporting house, Inf. call house; All Sl. call joint, pick up joint, parlor …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • bagnio — ba·gnio …   English syllables

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