Definition of jailbird in English:

jailbird

Syllabification: jail·bird
Pronunciation: /ˈjālˌbərd
 
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noun

informal
  • A person who is or has been in prison, especially a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly.
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    • Well that's interesting, because certainly for those of us who remember him in the '70s, he almost came across as an outlaw, as a jailbird, in fact many of his songs were about prison.
    • Photographs in each cell - there are about 10 of them, plus an open eating area with tables for the less adventurous - depict various prison scenes and mugshots of some jailbirds.
    • A professor at the University of Maryland's MBA program sends his students to prison for a ‘scared straight’ session - where they get to feel what it's like living behind bars, and talk to CEO jailbirds.

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