workhouse

  • 1 workhouse — work·house n: a correctional facility for persons guilty of minor criminal violations Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. workhouse …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 workhouse — ● workhouse nom masculin (anglais workhouse, de work, travail, et house, maison) En Angleterre et au pays de Galles, établissement officiel qui, du XVIe au début du XXe s., hébergeait et faisait travailler les pauvres et les vagabonds. (En Écosse …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 3 Workhouse — Work house , n.; pl. {Workhouses}. [AS. weorch[=u]s.] [1913 Webster] 1. A house where any manufacture is carried on; a workshop. [1913 Webster] 2. A house in which idle and vicious persons are confined to labor. [1913 Webster] 3. A house where… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Workhouse — (engl., spr. ŭörkhaus), »Arbeitshaus« für Arme in England, s. Armenwesen, S. 787, und Arbeitshäuser …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 5 Workhouse — (spr. wörkhaus), in England das Arbeitshaus für Arme …

    Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • 6 workhouse — ► NOUN 1) historical (in the UK) a public institution in which poor people received board and lodging in return for work. 2) US a prison in which petty offenders are expected to work …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 workhouse — [wʉrk′hous΄] n. 1. Obs. a WORKSHOP (sense 1) 2. Historical in England, a poorhouse in which able residents had to work ☆ 3. a kind of prison, where petty offenders are confined and made to work …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Workhouse — Former workhouse in Nantwich, dating from 1780 In England and Wales a workhouse, colloquially known as a …

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  • 9 Workhouse — Un workhouse (littéralement, « foyer de travail ») était un lieu qui accueillait au Royaume Uni les personnes incapables de subvenir seules à leur besoin. Elles pouvaient y vivre en échange de leur travail. L objectif était d arrêter de …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 10 Workhouse — Antigua workhouse del año 1780 en Nantwich. En la historia británica, una workhouse era un lugar donde la gente pobre que no tenían con qué subsistir podía ir a vivir y trabajar. El ejemplo más antiguo de una workhouse data de 1652 en Exeter,… …

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  • 11 workhouse — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)khaʊs[/t]] workhouses N COUNT In Britain, in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, a workhouse was a place where very poor people could live and do unpleasant jobs in return for food. People use the workhouse to refer to these… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 workhouse — UK [ˈwɜː(r)kˌhaʊs] / US [ˈwɜrkˌhaʊs] noun [countable] Word forms workhouse : singular workhouse plural workhouses in the past, a building where poor people in Britain were sent to live and were given unpleasant work to do …

    English dictionary

  • 13 workhouse —    an institution for the homeless indigent    The intention was that the unfortunate inmates should work to pay for their keep, although the name outlived the concept:     I was put in the workhouse when I was young... I never knew my father or… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 14 workhouse — noun Date: 1630 1. British poorhouse 2. a house of correction for persons guilty of minor law violations …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 workhouse — /werrk hows /, n., pl. workhouses / how ziz/. 1. a house of correction. 2. Brit. (formerly) a poorhouse in which paupers were given work. 3. Obs. a workshop. [bef. 1100; ME werkhous, OE weorchus workshop. See WORK, HOUSE] * * * ▪ social… …

    Universalium

  • 16 workhouse — noun a) formerly, an institution for the poor homeless, funded by the local parish where the able bodied were required to work b) a prison in which the …

    Wiktionary

  • 17 workhouse — Synonyms and related words: agency, almshouse, asylum, atelier, barbershop, beauty parlor, beauty shop, bench, butcher shop, company, concern, corporation, desk, establishment, facility, firm, foster home, halfway house, home, hospice, hospitium …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 workhouse — work|house [ˈwə:khaus US ˈwə:rk ] n a building in Britain in the past where very poor people lived if they had nowhere else to go = ↑poorhouse …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 workhouse — work|house [ wɜrk,haus ] noun count a POORHOUSE in Britain in the past …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 workhouse — n. shelter providing work; poorhouse for unemployed and criminals …

    English contemporary dictionary


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