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jail

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noun \ˈjāl\

Definition of jail

  1. 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. 2 :  confinement in a jail sentenced to jail

Examples of jail in a Sentence

  1. He was locked up in the county jail.

  2. He was arrested and sent to jail.

  3. He went to jail for his crimes.

  4. He just got out of jail a few weeks ago.

  5. He was kept in jail overnight.

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Origin and Etymology of jail

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


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jail

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Definition of jail

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to confine in or as if in a jail

Examples of jail in a Sentence

  1. threatened to jail the punks if they so much as jaywalked

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First Known Use of jail

1604



JAIL Defined for English Language Learners

jail

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noun

Definition of jail for English Language Learners

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

jail

verb

Definition of jail for English Language Learners

  • : to put (a person) in jail


JAIL Defined for Kids

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jail

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noun \ˈjāl\

Definition of jail for Students

  1. :  prison


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jail

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Definition of jail for Students

jailed

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jailing

  1. :  to shut up in or as if in a prison


Law Dictionary

jail

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noun \ˈjāl\

Legal Definition of jail

  1. :  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

jail

transitive verb


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