Calaboose Cal`a*boose", n. [A corruption of Sp. calabozo dungeon.] A prison; a jail. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] ||

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  • calaboose — 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 (Cf. fossil)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • calaboose — ☆ calaboose [kal′ə bo͞os΄ ] n. [Sp calabozo] [Dial. or Old Slang] a prison; jail …   English World dictionary

  • calaboose — [“kaelabus] n. jail. (From a Spanish word.) □ One night in the calaboose is enough. □ Are we going to tell what happened, or are we going to spend the night in the calaboose? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • calaboose — (calabozo [kalaβóso] < Vulgar Latin *calafodium < pre Roman *cala cave, protected place and Vulgar Latin *fodere to dig ; some variant forms may have been influenced by French calabouse)    1) Nevada: 1866. Town jail; its use today connotes …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • calaboose — noun Etymology: Spanish calabozo dungeon Date: 1792 jail; especially a local jail …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calaboose — /kal euh boohs , kal euh boohs /, n. Slang. jail; prison; lockup. [1785 95, Amer.; ( < North American F) < Sp calabozo dungeon, of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • calaboose — noun A prison or gaol/jail …   Wiktionary

  • calaboose — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Chiefly Regional. A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention: brig, house of correction, jail, keep, penitentiary, prison. Informal: lockup, pen3. Slang: big house, can, clink, cooler, coop, hoosegow,… …   English dictionary for students

  • calaboose — n. jail, prison (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calaboose —    (KAH lah booss) [Creole, from Spanish] A jail …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

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