gaol




Definitions of gaol
  1. noun

    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)

    synonyms:
    clink, jail, jailhouse, pokey, poky, slammer
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    bastille

    a jail or prison (especially one that is run in a tyrannical manner)
    holding cell

    a jail in a courthouse where accused persons can be confined during a trial
    hoosegow, hoosgow

    slang for a jail
    house of correction

    (formerly) a jail or other place of detention for persons convicted of minor offences
    lockup

    jail in a local police station
    workhouse

    a county jail that holds prisoners for periods up to 18 months
    type of:

    correctional institution

    a penal institution maintained by the government

  2. verb

    lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

    synonyms:
    immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand
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    confine, detain

    deprive of freedom; take into confinement

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