What is Bawdy-house?

Legal Definition
Crim. law. A house of ill-fame, (q. v.) kept for the resort and unlawful commerce of lewd people of both sexes.

2. Such a house is a common nuisance, as it endangers the public peace by drawing together dissolute and debauched persons; and tends to corrupt both sexes by an open profession of lewdness. 1 Russ. on Cr.; 299: Bac. Ab. Nuisances, A; Hawk. B. 1, c. 74, ยง1-5.

3. The keeper of such a house may be indicted for the nuisance; and a married woman, because such houses are generally kept by the female sex, may be indicted with her husband for keeping such a house. 1 Salk. 383; vide Dane's Ab. Index, h. t. One who assists in establishing a bawdyhouse is guilty of a misdemeanor. 2 B. Monroe, 417.
-- Bouviers Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A house of prostitution ; a brothel. A house or dwelling maintained for the convenience and resort of persons desiring unlawful sexual connection. Davis v. State, 2 Tex. App. 427; State v. Porter, 38 Ark. 638; People v. Buchanan, 1 Idaho, 689.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A brothel: a house maintained for purposes of prostitution.
-- Black's Law Dictionary
Legal Definition
A house of ill-fame or prostitution. See 22 Am. St. Rep. 920.
-- Ballentine's Law Dictionary