bridewell

noun
bride·​well | \ˈbrīd-ˌwel, -wəl\

Definition of bridewell 

: prison

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Synonyms

bastille, big house [slang], brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jail, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

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Examples of bridewell in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of bridewell

circa 1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bridewell

Bridewell, London jail

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The first known use of bridewell was circa 1593

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