A building to which people are legally committed as a punishment for a crime or while awaiting trial: he died in prison both men were sent to prison
More 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.
jail, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, detention centre;
British young offender institution;
North American penitentiary, correctional facility, jailhouse, boot camp, stockade, house of correction
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