noun, plural mad·hous·es [mad-hou-ziz] /ˈmædˌhaʊ zɪz/.

  1. a hospital for the confinement and treatment of mentally disturbed persons.
  2. a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.: The office was a madhouse today.

noun informal

  1. a mental hospital or asylum
  2. a state of uproar or confusion

n.1680s, from mad + house (n.). Figurative use by 1919.

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