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Noun: calaboose  'ka-lu,boos
Usage: US, Austral, informal
  1. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
    - jail, jailhouse, gaol [Brit], clink [informal], slammer [informal], poky [informal], pokey [informal], prison

Derived forms: calabooses

Type of: correctional institution

Encyclopedia: Calaboose