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Princeton's WordNet

  1. jail, jailhouse, gaol, clink, slammer, poky, pokeyverb

    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, remandverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. jailnoun

    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.

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

  2. jailnoun

    Confinement in a jail.

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

  3. jailnoun

    school

    I have to go to jail 5 days a week.

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

  4. jailnoun

    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).

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

  5. jailverb

    To imprison.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jailnoun

    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

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

  2. Jailverb

    to imprison

    Etymology: [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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Numerology

  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

Examples of JAIL in a Sentence

  1. Nick Zerwas:

    If you stand in the middle of a freeway and try to block a freeway, you deserve to go to jail, it's really that cut and dry.

  2. Kevin McGill:

    The solicitor said, 'It's automatic jail time,'.

  3. Ram Singh:

    There was no need for him to speak like that from the jail. His comments have further hurt public sentiments.

  4. Victoria Castro:

    We need to go back and expunge the records of people who were imprisoned because of using marijuana. And this is important, this part is important, in part, because there are a lot of people, and folks in this audience probably know some of them who have served jail time, right, and disproportionately it's impacted communities of color and poor neighborhoods of people who have been imprisoned because of marijuana use. So it's not enough just to say we want to legalize it. We actually want to go back and expunge these records.

  5. 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.

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