house of correction

Definition of house of correction

:a penal institution for persons convicted of a minor offense and considered capable of reformation

First Known Use of house of correction

circa 1576


Law Dictionary

house of correction

legal Definition of house of correction

:an institution where persons who have committed minor offenses and who are considered capable of reformation are confined — compare house of detention, jail, lockup, penitentiary, prison

Learn More about house of correction


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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