calaboose









calaboose


noun Slang.

  1. jail; prison; lockup.

noun

  1. US informal a prison; jail
n.

“prison,” 1792, American English, from Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo “dungeon,” probably from Vulgar Latin *calafodium, from pre-Roman *cala “protected place, den” + Latin fodere “to dig” (see fossil).

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