calaboose

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noun cal·a·boose \ ˈka-lə-ˌbüs \

Definition of calaboose

:jail; especially :a local jail

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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

calaboose Synonyms

Synonyms
bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, jail, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]
Related Words
bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk (s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training school
Near Antonyms
outside


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