Definition of borstal in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːst(ə)l


British historical
  • A custodial institution for young offenders.
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    • After a time teaching drama in borstals, prisons and community centres, he suffered two more breakdowns until one day, while sitting on a bus, his persistent angst, dread and fear of failure simply evaporated.
    • Let's build more hospitals, prisons and borstals.
    • We performed in schools, old people's homes, borstals and prisons.


early 20th century: named after the village of Borstal in southern England, where the first of these was established.

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