Definition of marshalsea in English:

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marshalsea

Pronunciation: /ˈmärSHəlsē/

noun

1(In England) a court held before the marshal of the royal household. It was abolished in 1849.
Example sentences
  • When Francis was born, Mr Place was an officer of the Marshalsea court.
  • But what made this Inn once noted was that all the six attorneys of the Marshalsea Court (better known as the Palace Court) had their chambers there.
  • He was born in a "sponging house," his father being one of the bailiffs of the Marshalsea Court, and no more genteel or refined than his class, was apprenticed to a leather breeches maker at the age of thirteen.
1.1 (the Marshalsea) A former prison in London, used especially to incarcerate debtors. It was abolished in 1842.

Origin

Late Middle English (earlier marchalcy): from Anglo-Norman French marschalcie, from late Latin mariscalcia, from mariscalcus 'marshal'.

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Syllabification: mar·shal·sea

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