Other Word Forms of Prison
Origin of Prison
Middle English from Old French alteration (influenced by Old French pris taken) of Latin prēnsiō prēnsiōn- a seizing from prehēnsiō from prehēnsus past participle of prehendere to seize ghend- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French prison, from Latin prehensiōnem, accusative singular of prehensiō, from the verb prehendō.
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