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Synonyms of prison in English:


  • jail, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, detention centre;
    North American penitentiary, correctional facility, jailhouse, boot camp, stockade, house of correction
    informal the clink, the slammer, inside, stir, the jug, the big house, the brig, the glasshouse
    British informal the nick
    North American informal the can, the pen, the cooler, the joint, the pokey, the slam, the skookum house, the calaboose, the hoosegow
    British informal , dated the chokey, bird, quod
    historical pound, roundhouse
    Scottish historical tollbooth
    French, historical bastille
    North American historical reformatory
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    carceral, custodial relating to prison

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