jailhouse

noun

jail·​house ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce jailhouse (audio)

Example Sentences

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse
Recent Examples on the Web The two men spent the night in the jailhouse, but townspeople in Gambell brought them food, both Alaska Native dishes and items bought at a grocery store. Mark Thiessen, ajc, 23 Oct. 2022 The two men spent the night in the jailhouse, but townspeople in Gambell brought them food, both Alaska Native dishes and items bought at a grocery store. Mark Thiessen, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2022 The two men spent the night in the jailhouse, but townspeople in Gambell brought them food, both Alaska Native dishes and items bought at a grocery store. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2022 In August 2008, Morales had the exclusive jailhouse interview with the infamous Clark Rockefeller. CBS News, 3 Oct. 2022 In a jailhouse interview with The New York Post after his arrest, Matar spoke about disliking Rushdie and praised Iran’s late supreme leader, Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2022 He was dressed in a brown jailhouse shirt, with his hands cuffed in front of him and his arms bandaged. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Though Friedkin claimed in an interview that Bateson confessed to one of the bag murders during a jailhouse visit, there was no direct evidence linking Bateson to the murders. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Oct. 2022 Dressed in jailhouse blues and physically restrained by shackles, accused killer Rob Telles stood briefly in the threshold of Las Vegas Justice Court. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jailhouse was in 1812

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“Jailhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jailhouse. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

jailhouse

noun
jail·​house ˈjāl-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce jailhouse (audio)
: jail

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