2 definitions found
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Poorhouse \Poor"house'\, noun
A dwelling for a number of paupers maintained at public
expense; an almshouse; a workhouse.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
1: an establishment maintained at public expense in order to
provide housing for the poor and homeless