Black Maria
noun Date: 1843 paddy wagon

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Black Maria — is usually pronounced using the archaic pronunciation Mariah, rhyming with pariah , and so sometimes appears as Black Mariah . It may refer to:Vehicles* A Black Maria or Paddywagon, a vehicle used by the police to transport prisoners. * A hearse …   Wikipedia

  • Black Maria — Black Black (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[ a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k, OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.] 1. Destitute of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Black Maria — ► NOUN informal ▪ a police vehicle for transporting prisoners. ORIGIN said to be named after a black woman, Maria Lee, who kept a boarding house in Boston and helped police in escorting drunk and disorderly customers to jail …   English terms dictionary

  • Black Maria — Black Ma*ri a a {paddy wagon}. Syn: patrol wagon, paddy wagon. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Black Maria — ☆ Black Maria [mə rī′ə ] n. Now Brit. a patrol wagon …   English World dictionary

  • Black Maria — Zeitgenössische Ansicht der Black Maria Die Black Maria [blæk maˈɹiːa] (engl.: Schwarze Maria) war das erste kommerzielle Filmstudio der Welt. Es wurde im Jahr 1892 von dem Filmpionier William K. L. Dickson auf dem Gelände von Thomas Alva Edisons …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Black Maria — UK [ˌblæk məˈraɪə] / US noun [countable] Word forms Black Maria : singular Black Maria plural Black Marias British informal old fashioned a vehicle used by the police for carrying prisoners …   English dictionary

  • black maria — /blæk məˈraɪə / (say blak muh ruyuh) noun Colloquial a paddy wagon. Also, Black Maria. {US, early 19th century; ? from Black Maria a famous black racehorse, whose name was transferred to the horse drawn prison vans with the idea that they… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Black Maria — 40° 47′ 04″ N 74° 14′ 02″ W / 40.78451, 74.23388 La Black Maria est l un de …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Black Maria — Black Ma|ri|a BrE police wagon AmE paddy wagon AmE n informal a vehicle used by the police to carry prisoners …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Black Maria — Black′ Ma•ri′a [[t]məˈraɪ ə[/t]] n. patrol wagon • Etymology: 1840–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

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