detention home


: a house of detention for juvenile delinquents usually under the supervision of a juvenile court

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Felicia said the two bonded in a detention home for troubled teens. Kyani Reid, NBC News, 31 Oct. 2022 Police handcuffed and arrested the boy and took him to the county detention home. Improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle: Superior Road At 11:15 a.m. Jan. 9, an officer stopped a car for speeding. cleveland, 18 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of detention home was circa 1930

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Cite this Entry

“Detention home.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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