noun tol·booth \ˈtō(l)-ˌbüth, ˈtäl-, ˈtl-\

Definition of TOLBOOTH

Scottish :  a town or market hall
Scottish :  jail, prison

Examples of TOLBOOTH

  1. <Deacon Brodie, thought to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was publicly hung at the site of the old tolbooth of Edinburgh.>

Origin of TOLBOOTH

Middle English tolbothe, tollbothe tollbooth, town hall, jail
First Known Use: 15th century


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