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Definition of "jail" []

  • A place for the confinement of persons in lawful detention, especially persons awaiting trial under local jurisdiction. (noun)
  • Detention in a jail. (noun)
  • To detain in or as if in a jail. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jail" in a sentence
  • "Assuming all judicial systems around the world are basically right and that everyone in jail is supposed to be there, the United States of America (home of the brave and land of the free) is by far the most criminally-infested country in the world, followed only by Russia."
  • "So putting two people in jail is a human rights violation, but her husband's actions, who caused about 100,000+ deaths, in Iraq is not?"
  • "The AG that should be in jail is the current AG and the POTUS for war crimes and crimes against humanity and trampling the Constitution."