Meaning of “Black Maria” in the English Dictionary

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"Black Maria" in British English

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Black Marianoun [ C ]

uk /ˌblæk məˈraɪ.ə/ us /ˌblæk məˈraɪ.ə/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • However, the young detective had no time to ponder over the circumstance, for a rumble of wheels now announced the approach of that lugubrious vehicle, the Black Maria. 
  • In the Black Maria, she nodded. 
  • The idea of Mrs. Wells being dragged shrieking down Fifth Avenue or being carted away from her house in a Black Maria filled him with dismay. 
  • While I stood there waiting and staring out into the prison court-yard, there came, rolling and rumbling in, a Black Maria. 
  • Wonder if they've got the Black Maria outside? 

(Definition of “Black Maria” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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