Definitions for jaildʒeɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jaildʒeɪl(n.)

  1. a prison, esp. one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.

  2. (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′a•ble(adj.)

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jail(noun)ʤˈeɪl

    a building where people are kept as a punishment for a crime

    the county jail; He was put in jail for twenty-two years.

  2. jail(verb)ʤˈeɪl

    to put sb in a jail

    They were sentenced and jailed for life.

Wiktionary

  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)

    school

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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