Jail (noun)

  1. A building for the confinement of persons held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or as a preliminary to trial or punishment.
  2. A state of confinement or captivity.
  3. A prison.


Middle english: from old french jaille, gaiole, from latin caveola, diminutive of cavea "cage".


  1. He was sentenced to a year in jail.
  2. The jail was overcrowded.
  3. The jail had poor conditions.
  4. He was arrested and taken to jail.
  5. He was released from jail on bail.
Some random words: cognate, brisk, shoelace