The definition of a jail is a place where people are held for trail, or where people who've been convicted of a crime serve out a sentence.(noun)
An example of a jail is San Quentin Prison.
Jail is defined as to put someone into a place that they can't get out of.(verb)
An example of jail is to put someone in a holding cell after they've committed a crime.
See jail in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME jaile, gaile < OFr jaole, gaole, a cage, prison < LL caveola, dim. of L cavea, cage
See jail in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Middle English jaiole (from Old French)
Origin: and from Middle English gaiol, gaol (from Old North French gaiole)
Origin: , both from Vulgar Latin *gaviola
Origin: , from Latin *caveola
Origin: , diminutive of cavea, cage, hollow.
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