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tolbooth

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

Definition of tolbooth

  1. 1 Scottish :  a town or market hall

  2. 2 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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