What does black maria mean?

Definitions for black maria
məˈraɪ əblack maria

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. police van, police wagon, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, wagon, black Maria(noun)

    van used by police to transport prisoners

  2. hearts, Black Maria(noun)

    a form of whist in which players avoid winning tricks containing hearts or the queen of spades


  1. Black Maria(Noun)

    A police van for transporting prisoners.

    Etymology: but first usage is from the 1830's.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Black Maria

    Slang for a prison van. Many years ago a negress of powerful build and strength, named Maria Lee, kept a sailor’s lodging-house at Boston. Everyone dreaded her, and she so frequently assisted the police of that day to pin down a refractory prisoner before he could be manacled that “Send for Black Maria!” became quite a common exclamation among them. Hence the earliest vehicles for the conveyance of offenders against law and order, especially since they were painted black, were named after her.

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How to say black maria in sign language?

  1. blackmaria


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of black maria in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of black maria in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Images & Illustrations of black maria

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