bride·​well ˈbrīd-ˌwel How to pronounce bridewell (audio)
: prison

Examples of bridewell in a Sentence

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

Word History


Bridewell, London jail

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bridewell was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Bridewell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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