Scotland Yard

  1. a short street in central London, England: formerly the site of the London police headquarters, which were removed 1890 to a Thames embankment (New Scotland Yard ).

  2. the metropolitan police of London, especially the branch engaged in crime detection.

Origin of Scotland Yard

First recorded in 1860–65

Words Nearby Scotland Yard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Scotland Yard in a sentence

  • It also suggests that Brooks was getting details of a phone-hacking investigation leaked to her by someone in Scotland Yard.

  • As we subsequently learned, the pages were "missing" due to the negligence of Scotland Yard, and Raissi was completely exonerated.

    How the Press Covers Torture | Raymond Bonner | July 6, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Half a dozen men in civilian clothes eyed her as she passed through the gates; Scotland Yard, but she did not know.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There was a telephone at the back of the editor's desk, and Lechmere promptly called up Scotland Yard in search of information.

    The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
  • Truth to tell, they were officials of various grades from Scotland Yard, surely the most welcome among the wedding guests.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • If he had only been attached to Scotland Yard, what a case this would have been for him!

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
  • He knew that the whole complex machinery of Scotland Yard was working, and working at top speed, to implicate him in the tragedy.

    The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard

  1. the headquarters of the police force of metropolitan London, controlled directly by the British Home Office and hence having certain national responsibilities: Official name: New Scotland Yard

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