What does prison mean?

Definitions for prison
ˈprɪz ənprison

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prison, prison housenoun

    a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment

  2. prison, prison housenoun

    a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement


  1. prisonnoun

    A place of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes, or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.

    The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.

  2. prisonnoun

    Confinement in a prison.

    Prison was a harrowing experience for him.

  3. prisonnoun

    Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.

    The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.

  4. prisonverb

    to imprison

  5. Etymology: From prison, from prehensionem, accusative singular of prehensio, from prehendo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prisonnoun

    a place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o/ confinement, restraint, or safe custody

  2. Prisonnoun

    specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority

  3. Prisonverb

    to imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty

  4. Prisonverb

    to bind (together); to enchain

  5. Etymology: [F., fr. L. prehensio, prensio, a seizing, arresting, fr. prehendre, prendere, to lay hold of, to seize. See Prehensile, and cf. Prize, n., Misprision.]


  1. Prison

    A prison, also known as gaol or jail, is a place in which people are physically confined and usually deprived of a range of personal freedoms. Imprisonment or incarceration is a legal penalty that may be imposed by the state for the commission of a crime. Other terms used are penitentiary, correctional facility, remand centre, detention centre, and gaol or jail. In some legal systems some of these terms have distinct meanings. A criminal suspect who has been charged with or is likely to be charged with criminal offense or Offence may be held on remand in prison if he or she is denied or unable to meet conditions of bail, or is unable or unwilling to post bail. A criminal defendant may also be held in prison while awaiting trial or a trial verdict. If found guilty, a defendant will be convicted and may receive a custodial sentence requiring imprisonment. As well as convicted or suspected criminals, prisons may be used for internment of those not charged with a crime. Prisons may also be used as a tool of political repression to detain political prisoners, prisoners of conscience, and "enemies of the state", particularly by authoritarian regimes. In times of war or conflict, prisoners of war may also be detained in prisons. A prison system is the organizational arrangement of the provision and operation of prisons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prison

    priz′n, n. a building for the confinement of criminals, &c.: a jail: any place of confinement.—v.t. to shut in prison, restrain.—n.pl. Pris′on-bars, whatever confines or restrains.—ns. Pris′oner, one arrested or confined in prison: a captive; Pris′oner's-, Pris′on-base, a game among boys, in which those who are caught in a certain way are confined as prisoners—a corr. of prison-bars; Pris′on-fē′ver, typhus-fever; Pris′on-house, place of confinement; Pris′onment (Shak.), confinement in a prison—usually imprisonment; Pris′on-ship; Pris′on-van, a closed conveyance for carrying prisoners.—State prisoner, one confined for a political offence in a state prison. [Fr.,—L. prensio, -onis, for prehensio, a seizing—prehendĕre, -hensum, to seize.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. prison

    1. A place where any lady may have a baby without fearing society. 2. An institution where even crooks go wrong. 3. The House of a Thousand Tears. 4. The last resort of the obscure to achieve fame. 5. A banker's mess-hall. 6. A place where men go to take the vow of chastity, poverty and obedience. 7. An example of a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied, and competition is eliminated.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1611

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2483

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prison' in Nouns Frequency: #638

Anagrams for prison »

  1. prions

  2. porins

  3. spinor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prison in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of prison in a Sentence

  1. Richard Saenz:

    We've heard from so many trans women that prison officials will ask them if they have a penis during intake, and that's how they decide where they should be housed.

  2. John McCain:

    If I went to the members of the committee today and said,' Look they are going to be moved to a maximum security prison in some location in the United States of America and we have a plan for that transfer, I think most of them would be perfectly happy about that.

  3. Jared Kushner:

    There was one issue that was very close to my heart because I had a personal experience, which was prison reform.

  4. Kim Kardashian:

    Yesterday, I had a call with a gentleman that’s in prison for a drug case — got life. It’s so unfair.

  5. Trevor Reed:

    I think it would be unethical and immoral to plead guilty to a crime I didnt commit, if I am going to be given a prison sentence, Id rather stay in prison than walk free tomorrow a liar and a coward.

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