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

Examples of jailhouse in a Sentence

received a tip from an informant inside the county jailhouse
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Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

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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 23 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


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

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