Definition of calaboose in English:

calaboose

Line breaks: cala|boose
Pronunciation: /ˌkaləˈbuːs
 
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noun

US informal
  • A prison.
    More example sentences
    • The white man then forced Bailey to help lift the dead man into a calaboose full of black prisoners.
    • In the latest indignity, Hittner ordered Fastow to report to the downtown Federal Detention Center instead of the more upscale calaboose he'd requested.
    • The calaboose inmate was not a citizen; he was a poor stranger, a harmless whiskey-sodden tramp.

Origin

late 18th century: from black French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo 'dungeon'.

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