Definition of Black Maria in English:

Black Maria

Syllabification: Black Ma·ri·a
Pronunciation: /ˌblak məˈrīə
 
/

noun

informal
  • A police vehicle for transporting prisoners.
    More example sentences
    • A short, mutton-chopped cop grabbed his sleeve and pushed him toward the open doors of a Black Maria.
    • The jury comes back within five minutes, the judge dons a black cap, and the defendants commence with a thin chorus of ‘You're going home in a Black Maria.’
    • On arrival at Leeds station they were met by a Black Maria which would carry them to Leeds Town Hall where the trial was to be held.

Origin

mid 19th century: said to be named after a black woman, Maria Lee, who kept a boarding house in Boston and helped police in escorting drunk and disorderly customers to jail.

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