bridewell

noun
bride·​well | \ ˈbrīd-ˌwel How to pronounce bridewell (audio) , -wəl \

Definition of bridewell

: prison

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

First Known Use of bridewell

1583, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bridewell

Bridewell, London jail

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The first known use of bridewell was in 1583

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“Bridewell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bridewell. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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