Definition of calaboose
: jail; especially : a local jail
Examples of calaboose in a sentence
<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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