bridewell

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bridewell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by lack of plan or order

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!