- A building used as a place of confinement for people who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or serving a sentence.
- A prison or a jail.
Derived from the old english word 'geolhhus' meaning 'a building for prisoners'. the word 'jailhouse' refers to a building used for the temporary detention of people who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or serving a sentence.
- The jailhouse was a grim and imposing structure that housed the city's most dangerous criminals.
- The jailhouse was overcrowded, with three prisoners sharing a single cell.
- The jailhouse guard was responsible for maintaining order and security within the prison.
- The jailhouse rock was a popular song that celebrated life in prison.
- The jailhouse lawyer was known for his expertise in criminal law and his ability to represent fellow prisoners.