jailnoun [ C or U ]UK old-fashioned gaol uk /dʒeɪl/ us /dʒeɪl/
the country's overcrowded jails
- Arrangements were made to move the prisoners to another jail.
- He faces three years in jail for selling narcotics.
- He's stayed out of trouble since he was released from jail last year.
- There has been a mass breakout from one of Germany's top security jails.
- He has been languishing in jail for the past 20 years.
jailverb [ T often passive ]UK old-fashioned gaol uk /dʒeɪl/ us /dʒeɪl/
› to put someone in a jail:
He was jailed for three years.
- He was jailed for four months for drink-driving.
- Protestors were executed, jailed or otherwise persecuted.
- He was jailed for 15 years for stabbing his wife to death.
- California's "three strikes and you're out" bill means that from now on criminals found guilty of three crimes are jailed for life.
- He was jailed for revealing secrets to the Russians.