Definition of Alcatraz noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈælkətræz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælkətræz//
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a small US island near San Francisco where there is a former prison The clinic felt like Alcatraz. There was no escape. Word Originfrom Spanish alcatraz ‘pelicans’, which were once common there. Culture The island was known as ‘the Rock’. The prison was used from 1933 to 1963 for the country's most dangerous prisoners, including Al Capone. It is now a popular tourist attraction.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Alcatraz