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Marshalsea

[mahr-shuh l-see]
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noun British History.
  1. the court of the marshal of the royal household.
  2. a debtors' prison in London, abolished in 1842.
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Origin of Marshalsea

1350–1400; Middle English marchalsye, variant of marschalcie. See marshal, -cy
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Examples from the Web for marshalsea

Historical Examples

  • The Father of the Marshalsea had never been offered tribute in copper yet.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • When I'm off the lock for good and all, you'll be the Father of the Marshalsea.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This was the life, and this the history, of the child of the Marshalsea at twenty-two.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • The Marshalsea wouldn't be like the Marshalsea now, without you and your family.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • A garret, and a Marshalsea garret without compromise, was Little Dorrit's room.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for marshalsea

Marshalsea

noun
  1. (formerly in England) a court held before the knight marshal: abolished 1849
  2. a prison for debtors and others, situated in Southwark, London: abolished in 1842
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Word Origin

C14: see marshal, -cy
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