tolbooth
noun Etymology: Middle English tolbothe, tollbothe tollbooth, town hall, jail Date: 15th century 1. Scottish a town or market hall 2. Scottish jail, prison

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  • Tolbooth — or tollbooth may mean several things: * Places for the collection of payment at toll roads or customs. * Historical Scottish term for places where councils met (some of which contained prison cells underneath). Especially well known among them… …   Wikipedia

  • Tolbooth — Tol booth , n. See {Tollbooth}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tolbooth — [tōl′bo͞oth΄] n. [ME tolbothe, booth where toll is collected: see TOLL1 & BOOTH] alt. sp. of TOLLBOOTH …   English World dictionary

  • Tolbooth — the town prison, often consisting of cells below and the town hall above. The most famous Tolbooth was the one in Edinburgh. The original name for the Edinburgh Tolbooth was …   Scottish slang

  • tolbooth — var. of TOLLBOOTH. * * * noun a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls • Syn: ↑tollbooth, ↑tollhouse • Hypernyms: ↑booth, ↑cubicle, ↑stall, ↑kiosk • Part Holonyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • tolbooth —    obsolete Scottish    a prison    Originally, the Town Hall, where tolls were paid. The jail was often in the same building:     How many gypsies were sent to the tolbooth? (W. Scott, 1815) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • tolbooth — /tohl boohth , boohdh /, n., pl. tolbooths / boohdhz , boohths /. 1. Chiefly Scot. 2. a town jail. 3. a town hall or guild hall, esp. a place where tolls are paid. Also tollbooth. [1300 50; ME; see TOLLBOOTH] * * * …   Universalium

  • tolbooth — noun variant spelling of tollbooth …   English new terms dictionary

  • tolbooth — n. [Scotland. Written also Tollbooth.] Prison, jail …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • tolbooth — tol•booth [[t]ˈtoʊlˌbuθ, ˌbuð[/t]] n. pl. booths [[t] ˌbuðz, ˌbuθs[/t]] Scot. 1) scot. a town jail 2) scot. a town hall or guild hall, esp. a place where tolls are paid • Etymology: 1300–50; ME; see tollbooth …   From formal English to slang

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