from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small prison, or a police station that has cells.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A house of correction for the confinement of vagrants and disorderly persons.
From Bridewell (named after a well dedicated to St Bride), an area of London that once had a "house of correction". (Wiktionary)