• WordNet 3.6
    • n bagnio a building containing public baths
    • n bagnio a building where prostitutes are available
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bagnio A brothel; a stew; a house of prostitution.
    • Bagnio A house for bathing, sweating, etc.; -- also, in Turkey, a prison for slaves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bagnio A bath; a house for bathing, cupping, sweating, and otherwise cleansing the body.
    • n bagnio A brothel; a stew.
    • n bagnio In the Turkish empire, a prison in general; in France, formerly, one of the great prisons (bagnes) substituted for the galleys, now superseded by transportation: perhaps so called from the former use of ancient baths in Constantinople as prisons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bagnio ban′yō a bath, esp. one with hot baths: an Oriental place of detention: a stew or house of ill-fame.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. bagno, fr. L. balneum,. Cf. Bain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. bagno—L. balneum, a bath.


In literature:

Without any question it was painted for a bagnio and it was probably refused because it was a trifle too strong.
"A Tramp Abroad, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Yet again, he was a little sick of the women of the streets and the bagnio.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
In July, 1859, there were in the Bagnio of Civita Vecchia two galley slaves, Antonio Simonetti and Domenico Avanzi.
"Rome in 1860" by Edward Dicey
They become constant visitors at the great gaming-houses, and are the best customers of the bagnios of the city.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
No excess of vice could surpass the licentiousness of the Ptolemies, who made of Alexandria a bagnio, and all Egypt a hot-bed of vice.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
He died on the 11th January 1762, and was buried in St. Martin's Churchyard, 'under the window of the Bell Bagnio.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
In this state, almost incapable of standing or walking, he was carried to the Bagnio, and thrown in among the other prisoners.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the gloom of the cheerless Bagnio, Hugh Sommers found his wet blanket in Edouard Laronde.
"The Middy and the Moors" by R.M. Ballantyne
The feelings of the poor woman, who was going to the Bagnio to see Benedetto as she had promised, can be imagined.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Some of the Spanish vessels were wrecked at Algiers, and their crews and troops were sent to the bagnios.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole

In poetry:

I'VE lately certain information had,
Your spouse (I scarcely thought the man so bad,)
Has with the lady an appointment made;
At Jack's nice bagnio he will meet the jade.
"Richard Minutolo" by Jean de La Fontaine