bridewell

[ brahyd-wel, -wuh l ]
/ ˈbraɪdˌwɛl, -wəl /

noun British.

a prison.

Origin of bridewell

First recorded in 1545–55; after a prison that formerly stood near the church of St. Bride in London
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bridewell

/ (ˈbraɪdˌwɛl, -wəl) /

noun

a house of correction; jail, esp for minor offences

Word Origin for bridewell

C16: after Bridewell (originally, St Bride's Well), a house of correction in London
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