From Middle English bathhous, bathous, from Old English bæþhūs (“bathhouse”), equivalent to bath + house. Cognate with Dutch badhuis (“bathhouse”), German Badehaus (“bathhouse”), Danish badehus (“bathhouse”), Swedish badhus (“bathhouse”).
bathhouse (plural bathhouses)
- A building with baths for communal use.
- A building where swimmers can change clothes.
- A business with bath-like facilities, which chiefly serves as a place for sexual encounters, especially among men.