noun pris·on \ˈpri-zən\

: a building where people are kept as punishment for a crime or while they are waiting to go to court

: a place or situation from which you cannot escape

Full Definition of PRISON

:  a state of confinement or captivity
:  a place of confinement especially for lawbreakers; specifically :  an institution (as one under state jurisdiction) for confinement of persons convicted of serious crimes — compare jail

Examples of PRISON

  1. The state plans to build two more prisons.
  2. He was in prison at the time.
  3. If caught, they're all going to prison.
  4. She was sent to prison for robbery.
  5. He was released from prison.
  6. He's scheduled to get out of prison next month.
  7. Her marriage became a prison to her.

Origin of PRISON

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin prehension-, prehensio act of seizing, from prehendere to seize — more at get
First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with PRISON



Definition of PRISON

transitive verb

First Known Use of PRISON

14th century

Rhymes with PRISON

PRISON Defined for Kids


noun pris·on \ˈpri-zən\

Definition of PRISON for Kids

:  a place where criminals are locked up


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