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Meaning of “jail” in the English Dictionary

"jail" in British English

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jailnoun [C or U]

(UK old-fashioned gaol) uk   us   /dʒeɪl/
B1 a ​place where ​criminals are ​kept to ​punish them for ​their crimes, or where ​peopleaccused of crimes are ​kept while ​waiting for ​theirtrials: the country's ​overcrowded jails a 13-year jail sentence/​term The ​financier was released from jail last ​week. They ​spent ten ​years in jail forfraud. They don't ​throw anyone in jail for ​parkingillegally, but they will ​towyourcar and ​charge you a ​fine.

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jailverb [T often passive]

(UK old-fashioned gaol) uk   us   /dʒeɪl/
to put someone in a jail: He was jailed for three ​years.

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(Definition of jail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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jailnoun [C/U]

 us   /dʒeɪl/
a ​place where ​criminals are ​kept as a ​punishment for ​theircrimes or while ​waiting for ​trial: [C] County jails are already ​overcrowded. [U] He was ​sentenced to six ​months in jail.
jail
verb [T]  us   /dʒeɪl/
He was jailed for three ​years.
(Definition of jail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “jail”
in Korean 감옥…
in Arabic سِجْن…
in Malaysian penjara…
in French prison…
in Russian тюрьма…
in Chinese (Traditional) 監獄, 看守所…
in Italian carcere, galera…
in Turkish hapishane, cezaevi…
in Polish więzienie…
in Spanish cárcel, prisión…
in Vietnamese tù…
in Portuguese prisão, cadeia…
in Thai เรือนจำ…
in German das Gefängnis…
in Catalan presó…
in Japanese 拘置所…
in Chinese (Simplified) 监狱, 看守所…
in Indonesian penjara…
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