Meaning of “penitentiary” in the English Dictionary

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"penitentiary" in British English

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penitentiarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌpen.ɪˈten.ʃər.i/ us /ˌpen.əˈten.ʃər.i/ US

a state or federal prison

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

"penitentiary" in American English

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penitentiarynoun [ C ]

us /ˌpen·ɪˈten·tʃər·i/

a prison:

a federal/state penitentiary

(Definition of “penitentiary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)