(British also gaol)
- 1A place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime: he spent 15 years in jail [as modifier]: a jail sentenceMore example sentences
- Last year the number of inmates in the nation's prisons and jails reached nearly 1,932,000, a record number.
- David Brown says the Royal Commission helped end the violence against prisoners which existed in some jails.
- In February the United States reached a benchmark of 2 million individuals in its prisons and jails.
- 1.1Confinement in a jail: she was sentenced to three months' jailMore example sentences
- My understanding of the materials is that between the time of the first offence and now he would have spent roughly about 15 to 16 months out of gaol.
- With 89 convictions to his name, he had only been out of jail for two months at the time of the fatal collision.
- Brian Irlam, defending, said Cooper had been out of jail for a few months and this was his first blemish.
verb[with object] (usually be jailed) Back to top
- Put (someone) in jail: the driver was jailed for two yearsMore example sentences
- But they decided that, well for a start she's not likely to do it again, and that no useful purpose would be spent by jailing her.
- As well as jailing him for three years, she also ordered he forfeit £165 he had with him when he was arrested, and that the heroin be destroyed.
- As well as jailing him for eight weeks magistrates imposed another driving ban, which runs out at the same time as his current disqualification.
Middle English: based on Latin cavea (see cage). The word came into English in two forms, jaiole from Old French and gayole from Anglo-Norman French gaole (surviving in the spelling gaol), originally pronounced with a hard g, as in gale.