calaboose

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noun cal·a·boose \ˈka-lə-ˌbüs\

Definition of calaboose

  1. :  jail; especially :  a local jail

Examples of calaboose in a Sentence

  1. fittingly, the calaboose in that one-horse town consisted of a single cell

Did You Know?

Calaboose had been part of the English language for almost a century when John S. Farmer included the term in his 1889 book Americanisms - Old & New, defining it as "the common gaol or prison." Farmer also made mention of a verb calaboose, meaning "to imprison," but that term was apparently lost in the years between then and now. "Calaboose" is Spanish in origin; it's from the Spanish word calabozo, meaning "dungeon."

Origin and Etymology of calaboose

Spanish calabozo dungeon


First Known Use: 1792



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