house arrest


Definition of house arrest

: confinement often under guard to one's house or quarters instead of in prison

Examples of house arrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Now, the 81-year-old comedian has arrived in court to be sentenced for his crimes, which could see him on probation, house arrest or thrown in prison. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Bill Cosby to be sentenced for sexual assault, could face 30 years in prison," 24 Sep. 2018 An accomplished poet and writer, Liu Xia was placed under house arrest by the Chinese authorities in 2010, after her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize but was unable to collect it due to his detention on political grounds. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Widow of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo Leaves China After Eight Years Under House Arrest, Reports Say," 10 July 2018 Yet his widow, Liu Xia, a poet and artist who was never politically active, is still held under house arrest by a Chinese state determined to suppress Mr. Liu’s legacy. Jared Genser, WSJ, "China Should Let Liu Xia Go—or Else," 14 June 2018 Also on Friday, O'Neill clarified Cosby's bail restrictions, restricting him to house arrest and ordering a GPS monitor. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Bill Cosby on house arrest, to be sentenced in 75 days after 'sexually violent predator' assessment," 27 Apr. 2018 The court, however, directed that the activists be held under house arrest for four more weeks to help them seek bail from lower courts while police in Maharashtra state complete their investigation. Fox News, "India's top court refuses to release 5 rights activists," 28 Sep. 2018 The case stalled, and soon Ceglia was charged with fraud for falsifying documents and placed under house arrest. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Alleged Facebook scammer arrested in Ecuador after three years on the run," 26 Aug. 2018 The bespectacled Chinese poet, who spent the better part of eight years under house arrest while her late husband, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo died in jail, flew to exile on Tuesday. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Poet Liu Xia escaped China, but will Beijing ever set her free?," 13 July 2018 She had been held under house arrest since her husband’s prize was announced in 2010. New York Times, "How Germany Won Freedom for the Widow of China’s Most Famous Dissident," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'house arrest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of house arrest

1810, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about house arrest

Share house arrest

Statistics for house arrest

Last Updated

11 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for house arrest

The first known use of house arrest was in 1810

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for house arrest

house arrest


English Language Learners Definition of house arrest

law : the condition of being forced to stay in your home rather than in prison as a form of punishment

More from Merriam-Webster on house arrest

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with house arrest

Comments on house arrest

What made you want to look up house arrest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


tremendous in size, volume, or degree

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!