[kal-uh-boos, kal-uh-boos]
noun Slang.
jail; prison; lockup.

1785–95, Americanism; (< North American F) < Spanish calabozo dungeon, of obscure origin Unabridged
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calaboose (ˈkæləˌbuːs)
informal (US) a prison; jail
[C18: from Creole French, from Spanish calabozo dungeon, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"prison," 1792, Amer.Eng., from Louisiana Fr. calabouse, from Sp. calabozo "dungeon," probably from V.L. *calafodium, from pre-Roman *cala "protected place, den" + L. fodere "to dig" (see fossil).
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calaboose definition

  1. n.
    jail. (From a Spanish word.) : Are we going to tell what happened, or are we going to spend the night in the calaboose?
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