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