Bor·​stal ˈbȯr-stᵊl How to pronounce Borstal (audio)

Examples of Borstal in a Sentence

She was sent to Borstal for stealing cars. He spent a year in a Borstal.
Recent Examples on the Web When Lionel Blake—known as Tim—was the manager of Hill Cove Farm, on West Falkland, in the nineteen-sixties, there were juvenile delinquents working there, one of whom had come to the Falklands straight out of Borstal. Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020

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Word History


Borstal, English village where the first such institution was set up

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Borstal was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Borstal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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