- a town jail.
- a town hall or guild hall, especially a place where tolls are paid.
Origin of tolbooth
Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at tollbooth
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Examples from the Web for tolbooth
It cannot be the person you desired for the furnishing of our tolbooth the other day, Sim?Doom Castle
However, he got Archer and five small children to Kirkaldy tolbooth.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)
She was shut up in the Tolbooth for singing Jacobite songs in the Canongate.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6
Augustus J. C. Hare
That tumult was now transferred from the inside to the outside of the Tolbooth.The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
So waiting the arrival and the day of my doom, I continued to abide in the Tolbooth.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
- mainly Scot a town hall
- a variant spelling of tollbooth