Definition of bridewell in English:

bridewell

Line breaks: bride|well
Pronunciation: /ˈbrʌɪdw(ə)l
 
/

noun

archaic
  • A prison or reform school for petty offenders.
    More example sentences
    • They were hauled off to the barracks, spent the night in the bridewell, and the next day were convicted.
    • In the 17th century, bridewells and reformatory institutions started to appear.
    • With the advent of bridewells, convicts begin to inhabit separate punitive institutions for the first time.

Origin

mid 16th century: named after St Bride's Well in the City of London, near which such a building stood.

More definitions of bridewell

Definition of bridewell in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skəʊʃ
noun
a small amount; a little