tol·​booth | \ ˈtō(l)-ˌbüth How to pronounce tolbooth (audio) , ˈtäl-, ˈtȯl- \

Definition of tolbooth

1 Scotland : a town or market hall
2 Scotland : jail, prison

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for tolbooth


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of tolbooth in a Sentence

Deacon Brodie, thought to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was publicly hung at the site of the old tolbooth of Edinburgh.

First Known Use of tolbooth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tolbooth

Middle English tolbothe, tollbothe tollbooth, town hall, jail

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about tolbooth

Time Traveler for tolbooth

Time Traveler

The first known use of tolbooth was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for tolbooth

Cite this Entry

“Tolbooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on tolbooth

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tolbooth

Comments on tolbooth

What made you want to look up tolbooth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!