Definition of Black Maria in English:

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Black Maria

Pronunciation: /ˌblak məˈrīə/

noun

informal
A police vehicle for transporting prisoners.
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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Syllabification: Black Ma·ri·a

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