What does jail mean?

Definitions for jaildʒeɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word jail.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jail, jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer, poky, pokey(verb)

    a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

  2. imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug, gaol, put away, remand(verb)

    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

    "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"


  1. jail(Noun)

    A place for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody or detention, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding.

  2. jail(Noun)

    Confinement in a jail.

  3. jail(Noun)


    I have to go to jail 5 days a week.

  4. jail(Noun)

    The condition created by the requirement that a horse claimed in a claiming race not be run at another track for some period of time (usually 30 days).

  5. jail(Verb)

    To imprison.

  6. Origin: From gaiole, gayle, gaile, gayll, via gaiole, gaole, geole, geole, from gabiola, for *, a diminutive of cavea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jail(noun)

    a kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding

  2. Jail(verb)

    to imprison

  3. Origin: [OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole, gaiole, jaiole, F. gele, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia cage, for L. cavea cavity, cage. See Cage.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jail

    jāl, n. a prison.—ns. Jail′-bird, Gaol′-bird, a humorous name for one who is or has been confined in jail; Jail′er, Gaol′er, one who has charge of a jail or of prisoners, called also a turnkey; Jail′-fē′ver, Gaol′-fē′ver, typhus fever, so called because once common in jails.—Break jail, to force one's way out of prison; Commission of Jail Delivery, one of the commissions issued to judges of assize and judges of the Central Criminal Court in England. [O. Fr. gaole (Fr. geôle)—Low L. gabiola, a cage, dim. of Low L. gabia, a cage, a corr. of cavea, a cage—L. cavus, hollow.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jail' in Nouns Frequency: #2707


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.

  2. Samuel Johnson:

    No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

  3. Latonia Croom Duncan:

    He called me and said he loved me and that he'd be gone, he said he wasn't going back to jail. Before he'd go back to jail, he said, he'd rather be dead.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    I feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built. (On construction of reviewing stands for inauguration of his successor John F Kennedy)

  5. Samantha Geimer:

    Roman Polanski went to jail for 42 days, i never asked anyone to put Roman Polanski in jail for a day and in the scheme of things, from what I have been told, in 1977, 42 days would have been about average.

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