Jail meaning

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A building for the confinement of people who are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of minor offenses.
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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.

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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.

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To detain in a jail.
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Imprisonment.
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To put or keep in or as in jail.
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A confinement facility whose inmates are individuals awaiting trial or convicted of lesser offenses.
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A place for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody or detention, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding.
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(uncountable) Confinement in a jail.
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In dodgeball and related games, the area where players who have been struck by the ball are confined.
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A place of detention, especially for persons who are accused of committing a crime and have not been released on bail or for persons who are serving short sentences after conviction of a misdemeanor.
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Detention in a jail.
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(horse racing) The condition created by the requirement that a horse claimed in a claiming race not be run at another track for some period of time (usually 30 days).
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Origin of jail

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gaiole, gayle, gaile, gayll, via Old French gaiole, gaole, geole, geole, from Medieval Latin gabiola, for *caveola, a diminutive of Latin cavea (“cavity, coop, cage”).

    From Wiktionary