A small prison, or a police station that has cells.

Two Fermanagh girls who never laughed were certain that he must have served time in a bridewell, so cold was his expression and so calloused his small hands.

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  • bridewell — prison, 1550s, from Bridewell, house of correction in London, originally a royal lodging (given by Edward VI for a hospital, later converted to a prison) near Bride s Well, short for St. Bridget s Well …   Etymology dictionary

  • Bridewell — Bride well, n. A house of correction for the confinement of disorderly persons; so called from a hospital built in 1553 near St. Bride s (or Bridget s) well, in London, which was subsequently a penal workhouse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bridewell — index reformatory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Bridewell — Oliver „Ollie“ Bridewell (* 10. oder 11. Dezember 1985; † 20. Juli 2007 in Leicestershire, England) war ein britischer Motorradrennfahrer. 2005 nahm er an der British Superstock Championship teil. Bereits 2006 und 2007 fuhr er bei der British… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bridewell —    A place erected by Henry VIII. to the west of Fleet River, between the river and Whitefriars (S. 70), c. 1522.    In 1531 Sir Wm. Weston, prior of St. John s Hospital, Clerkenwell, made a grant of one tenement and fifteen gardens, on which… …   Dictionary of London

  • Bridewell — Recorded as Bridal, Bridle, Bridel, Bridell and possibly others, this is an English surname. Of pre 8th century origins it is almost certainly occupational for a bridelsmyth , a maker of bits and bridles for horses and one who worked in both… …   Surnames reference

  • bridewell — noun Etymology: Bridewell, London jail Date: circa 1593 prison …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bridewell —    obsolete British    a police station    The original in London was a holy well with supposed medicinal properties, then a hospital for the poor, then a prison:     Crowley went to the nearest Bridewell and told the officer of his wife s… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • bridewell — /bruyd wel , weuhl/, n. Brit. a prison. [1545 55; after a prison that formerly stood near the church of St. Bride in London] * * * …   Universalium

  • BRIDEWELL —    a house of correction in Blackfriars, London, so called from St. Bridget s well, near it …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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