Work·house n.; pl. Workhouses
1. A house where any manufacture is carried on; a workshop.
2. A house in which idle and vicious persons are confined to labor.
3. A house where the town poor are maintained at public expense, and provided with labor; a poorhouse.
n 1: a poorhouse where able-bodied poor are compelled to labor
2: a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18