WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bawd /bɔd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a woman who maintains a brothel;
    a madam.
  2. a prostitute.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bawd  (bôd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a woman who maintains a brothel;
  2. a prostitute.
  3. [Archaic.]a procuress.
  • WGmc; compare Old English bald bold
  • Middle English bawde, noun, nominal use of Middle French baude, feminine of baud jolly, dissolute 1325–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bawd /bɔːd/ n archaic
  1. a person who runs a brothel, esp a woman
  2. a prostitute
Etymology: 14th Century: shortened from Old French baudetrot, from baude feminine of baud merry + trot one who runs errands; compare Old High German bald bold

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