in·​tern·​ment | \ in-ˈtərn-mənt How to pronounce internment (audio) , ˈin-ˌtərn-\
plural internments

Definition of internment

: the act of interning someone or the state of being interned His parents had never told him about the exclusion laws, or the internment of Japanese-Americans, and the subject had not come up in his textbooks.— Timothy Egan Even in the midst of betrayal and the resulting alienation experienced in the internment, there exists the unnegotiable state of human bonds and possibility for reconciliation.— Fumitaka Matsuoka … an American who spent World War II with his parents in an internment camp.— Philip Siekman

First Known Use of internment

1850, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of internment

: the act of putting someone in a prison for political reasons or during a war : the act of interning someone : the state of being interned

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