- 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 prisonMore example sentences
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 correctionBritish • informal the nickNorth American • informal the can, the pen, the cooler, the joint, the pokey, the slam, the skookum house, the calaboose, the hoosegowBritish • informal , • dated the chokey, bird, quod• historical pound, roundhouseScottish • historical tollboothFrench, • historical bastilleNorth American • historical reformatory
- 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 was 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.