- Obs. a workshop (sense )
- Historical in England, a poorhouse in which able residents had to work
- ⌂ a kind of prison, where petty offenders are confined and made to work
- A prison in which limited sentences are served at manual labor.
- Chiefly British A poorhouse.
workhouse - Legal Definition
A jail for criminals who have committed minor offenses and who will not be serving lengthy terms.