- 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.
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.
An example of jail is to put someone in a holding cell after they've committed a crime.
An empty jail cell.
jail definition by Webster's New World
- a building for the confinement of people who are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of minor offenses
Origin: Middle English jaile, gaile ; from Old French jaole, gaole, a cage, prison ; from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Classical Latin cavea, cage
jail definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention, especially persons awaiting trial under local jurisdiction.
- Detention in a jail.
Origin: From Middle English jaiole (from Old French) and from Middle English gaiol, gaol (from Old North French gaiole), both from Vulgar Latin *gaviola, from Latin *caveola, diminutive of cavea, cage, hollow.
jail - Legal Definition