Meaning of marshalsea in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɑːʃ(ə)lsiː/


  • 1(in England) a court formerly held before the steward and the knight marshal of the royal household. It was abolished in 1849.

    ‘When Francis was born, Mr Place was an officer of the Marshalsea court.’
    • ‘But what made this Inn once noted was that all the six attorneys of the Marshalsea Court (better known as the Palace Court) had their chambers there.’
    • ‘He was born in a "sponging house," his father being one of the bailiffs of the Marshalsea Court, and no more genteel or refined than his class, was apprenticed to a leather breeches maker at the age of thirteen.’
    • ‘In 1377 Brembre, Walworth and Philpot came to the fore as the leaders of the capitalist party and re-united it in the face of Gaunt's efforts to extend the authority of the marshalsea court into the city.’
    • ‘Not receiving the money as he expected, he brought an action in the Marshalsea court, but was non-suited, by not attending to prove the wig his property.’
    1. 1.1the MarshalseaA former prison in Southwark, London, under the control of the knight marshal.


Late Middle English (earlier marchalcy): from Anglo-Norman French marschalcie, from late Latin mariscalcia, from mariscalcus ‘marshal’.