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From Bridewell (named after a well dedicated to St Bride), an area of London that once had a "house of correction".


bridewell (plural bridewells) (Sometimes capitalised)

  1. (dated in Britain, rare elsewhere) A small prison, or a police station that has cells.
    • 2002, Joseph O'Conner, Star of the Sea, Vintage 2003, p. xix:
      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.


Usage notes[edit]

  • Several English cities have streets named "Bridewell" where a police station is located.