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bridewell

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noun bride·well \ˈbrīd-ˌwel, -wəl\

Definition of bridewell

  1. :  prison



Examples of bridewell in a sentence

  1. <the citadel was later converted into a bridewell to house the city's growing criminal population>



Origin and Etymology of bridewell

Bridewell, London jail


First Known Use: circa 1593


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