Definition of Marshalsea from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Marshalsea

 
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a prison in Southwark, London, England, built around the 14th century and closed in 1842. It was used as a debtors'prison (= one for people who owed money) and is an important part of the story of Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. Dickens's own father was put in prison there in 1824.