Definitions for jaildʒeɪl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word jail
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a prison, esp. one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
(v.t.)to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.
Origin of jail:
1225–75; ME gaiole, jaiole, jaile < ONF gaiole, OF jaiole cage < VL *gaviola, alter. of *caveola, dim. of L caveacage ; see -ole1
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)
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a building where people are kept as a punishment for a crime
the county jail; He was put in jail for twenty-two years.
to put sb in a jail
They were sentenced and jailed for life.
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.
Confinement in a jail.
I have to go to jail 5 days a week.
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).
Origin: From gaiole, gayle, gaile, gayll, via gaiole, gaole, geole, geole, from gabiola, for *, a diminutive of cavea.
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
Find a translation for the jail definition in other languages:
Select another language: