What does jail mean?

Definitions for jail
dʒeɪljail

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"

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

  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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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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How to say jail in sign language?

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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. Randy Newkirk:

    He should be in jail.

  2. Richard Schapiro:

    I hope he rots in jail.

  3. Rachel Einspahr:

    I can't go back to jail.

  4. County Sheriff Dee Anderson:

    This is a jail, not a resort.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    They're in jail, the plotters.

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