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Meaning & Definition of Jail in English





1. A correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

  • jail,
  • jailhouse,
  • gaol,
  • clink,
  • slammer,
  • poky,
  • pokey


1. Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

  • "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"
  • "The murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"
  • imprison,
  • incarcerate,
  • lag,
  • immure,
  • put behind bars,
  • jail,
  • jug,
  • gaol,
  • put away,
  • remand

Examples of using

This was Tom's third offense, so he was put in jail.
The judge sentenced Tom to six months in jail.
Tom broke out of jail.