jail

noun
\ ˈjāl How to pronounce jail (audio) \

Definition of jail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody specifically : such a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (such as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes — compare prison
2 : confinement in a jail sentenced to jail

jail

verb
jailed; jailing; jails

Definition of jail (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to confine in or as if in a jail

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Synonyms & Antonyms for jail

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of jail in a Sentence

Noun He was locked up in the county jail. He was arrested and sent to jail. He went to jail for his crimes. He just got out of jail a few weeks ago. He was kept in jail overnight. Verb threatened to jail the punks if they so much as jaywalked
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two remain in county jail and two have been released, according to ICE. Fox News, "California sheriff complies with ICE subpoenas on jail records," 23 Feb. 2020 Emergency medical workers were called to the jail in Huntsville around 5:30 p.m. Two inmates were in serious condition, said Don Webster, a spokesman for Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "4 Madison County jail inmates hospitalized for overdoses," 23 Feb. 2020 All three suspects are being held by the St. Charles County Department of Corrections, a jail official told NBC News Friday. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Girl, 11, gave birth to baby allegedly fathered by brother; he and parents are charged," 22 Feb. 2020 The technology can compare a scan with an already existing database of images, such as jail booking photos or government identification records. oregonlive, "Portland considering strictest ban on facial recognition technology in the U.S.," 21 Feb. 2020 McBride, shackled at the waist and feet and wearing striped jail clothes, eventually did speak, but only answered the judge with brief answers. Tyler Eagle, Detroit Free Press, "Temperance man charged in gruesome slaying of dad's mother-in-law," 21 Feb. 2020 She is being held on $5 million bail in a Kauai jail. John Capell, ABC News, "Inside the mysterious case of 3 deaths, 2 missing children and a terrified husband," 21 Feb. 2020 The peace deal also calls for the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners, most of whom are being held in jails run by the Afghan government. Matthew Lee, Fortune, "Taliban’s ‘reduction of violence’ deal to start tonight, U.S. says," 21 Feb. 2020 The nation’s shortage of mental health facilities, including crisis centers, has been a major factor leading to 10 times more Americans with serious mental illness ending up in jails and prisons instead of psychiatric facilities, according to HHS. Christine Vestal, azcentral, "'Arizona model' for behavioral health crisis care gains attention from other states," 21 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His stories were inconsistent, said the mother of the victim, and Watson was questioned and then jailed on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant until the formal capital murder charge was issued. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Capital murder suspect convicted of manslaughter in killing of teen girlfriend, unborn son," 23 Jan. 2020 Ghosn, who was jailed for more than 100 days starting in November 2018, last spoke publicly in April. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Latest from Ex-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's Press Conference," 8 Jan. 2020 The two rangers had arrested four Zambian men for poaching and on Dec. 31 were transporting them by boat to Kariba town to be charged and jailed. Farai Mutsaka, BostonGlobe.com, "2 Zimbabwe park rangers drowned by poachers in Lake Kariba," 7 Jan. 2020 The two rangers had arrested four Zambian men for poaching and on Dec. 31 were transporting them by boat to Kariba town to be charged and jailed. Washington Post, "2 Zimbabwe park rangers drowned by poachers in Lake Kariba," 7 Jan. 2020 Fitzgerald is charged with second-degree murder and jailed on a $500,000 bond. CBS News, "Mollie Fitzgerald, "Captain America" actress, charged with stabbing her mother to death," 2 Jan. 2020 Nhiwatiwa, who has been jailed on a $300,000 bond since his August arrest, was set to begin trial on Monday. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland cop accused of urinating on girl at bus stop pleads guilty," 16 Dec. 2019 The Committee to Protect Journalists added that dozens of journalists not currently jailed in Turkey were still facing trial or appeal. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "The number of journalists jailed for their work is near record highs," 11 Dec. 2019 He was shot and killed earlier this month and Brandon Castiglione, 24, has been charged in his murder and is jailed. chicagotribune.com, "Gunman shoots 2 people at New Hampshire church wedding ceremony before being tackled by guests," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of jail

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jail

Noun

Middle English jaiole, from Anglo-French gaiole, jaiole, from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea cage — more at cage

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The first known use of jail was in the 13th century

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26 Feb 2020

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“Jail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jail. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for jail

jail

noun
How to pronounce jail (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where people are kept when they have been arrested and are being punished for a crime

jail

verb

English Language Learners Definition of jail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (a person) in jail

jail

noun
\ ˈjāl How to pronounce jail (audio) \

Kids Definition of jail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

jail

verb
jailed; jailing

Kids Definition of jail (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shut up in or as if in a prison

jail

noun
\ ˈjāl How to pronounce jail (audio) \

Legal Definition of jail

: a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody specifically : such a place under the jurisdiction of a local government (as a county) for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or those convicted of minor crimes — compare house of correction, house of detention, lockup, penitentiary, prison

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jail transitive verb

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