- A building (or vessel) in which people are legally held as a punishment for crimes they have committed or while awaiting trial: he died in prison both men were sent to prisonMore example sentences
- The significance of this duty to those detained in prison, not least where prisons are crowded and prisoners often dangerous, is obvious.
- I was told that Mr Young is in prison in the USA awaiting trial on charges of fraud.
- People who have been in prison and who visit prisons will be with us.
verb (prisons, prisoning, prisoned)[with object] • literary Back to top
- Imprison: the young man prisoned behind the doorsMore example sentences
- The soft gaze of his eyes vanished as they adjusted to the metal grates prisoning and protecting his eyeholes.
late Old English, from Old French prisun, from Latin prensio(n-), variant of prehensio(n-) 'laying hold of', from the verb prehendere.