- from French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo (Wiktionary)
- Louisiana French calabouse, from Spanish calabozo, dungeon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The calaboose is a miserable dark room of two apartments, one with a small loop-hole in the wall, the other a dungeon without light or ventilation.”
“On this deck, too, was the prisoners 'cell, usually called the "calaboose," very rarely without an occupant, with an armed sentry on guard outside.”
“The horizontal ray struck through the grating of the "calaboose" at the corner of the godown I was skirting.”
“And Signet, guttersnipe, beach comber, and midnight assassin, was lodged in the "calaboose," built stoutly in a corner of the biggest and reddest of the Dutchman's godowns.”
“When the railroad tapped the village, and it was incorporated (1884) and assumed an official worldliness with its mayor and councilmen, it lost its isolation, summer visitors flocked in, and a "calaboose" was needed for the benefit of the sojourners!”
“On Monday morning he had ventured forth from his office in the long-deserted "calaboose," resplendent in a brand-new nickel-plated star.”
“The "calaboose" was situated at the far end of Main”
“He stayed down to the 'calaboose' to guard the prisoners," said”
“They entered the "calaboose," which now had all the looks and odours of”
“He was the only inmate of the "calaboose"; therefore, he was in no doubt as to the identity of the person to whom so many different terms of opprobrium were being applied by certain loud-voiced citizens in the crowd.”
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