Pronounced: PIN-ate, adj

Notes: Another word I wasn’t sure about, but it was familiar

Yesterday’s word

The word newgate, as a verb, means “to imprison”. As a noun, it means “a prison or a prison-like place or situation”.

First usage

This word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

Our word was named after the notorious Newgate prison in London. Once I saw this, I remembered reading about Newgate prison, and then (of course), the meanings made sense. I just couldn’t quite recall it just from seeing the word listed. The prison was called Newgate because it was located on the site of a gate in the Roman London wall called “Newgate”. It housed prisoners for over 700 years; it was enlarged/rebuilt many times, but ceased to be used in 1902 and was torn down in 1904.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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