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calaboose

[kal-uh-boos, kal-uh-boos] /ˈkæl əˌbus, ˌkæl əˈbus/
noun, Slang.
1.
jail; prison; lockup.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; (< North American F) < Spanish calabozo dungeon, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for calaboose

calaboose

/ˈkæləˌbuːs/
noun
1.
(US, informal) a prison; jail
Word Origin
C18: from Creole French, from Spanish calabozo dungeon, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for calaboose
n.

"prison," 1792, American English, from Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo "dungeon," probably from Vulgar Latin *calafodium, from pre-Roman *cala "protected place, den" + Latin fodere "to dig" (see fossil).

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Slang definitions & phrases for calaboose

calaboose

noun

A jail or prison; cell

[late 1700s+; fr Spanish calabozo]


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