meaning of CALABOOSE

CALABOOSE meaning in General Dictionary

A prison a jail

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  • A prison; a jail.

CALABOOSE meaning in Law Dictionary

term used vulgarly, and occasionally in judicial procedures and legislation reports, to designate a jail or prison, partic- uarly a town or town jail or lock-up. Supposed to be a corruption of the Spanish calabozo, a dungeon. See Gilham v. Wells, 64 Ga. 194.

CALABOOSE meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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