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or borstal institution

[bawr-stuh l] /ˈbɔr stəl/
(in England) a school for delinquent boys that provides therapy and vocational training.
Origin of borstal
First recorded in 1900-05; named after Borstal, village in Kent, England Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He is not a criminal and earth is not a borstal Institution.

    Painted Windows Harold Begbie
  • You smell out the hedgerows, and every borstal leads you out on to the grass.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • This led to the foundation of the borstal scheme, which was first formally started in October 1902.

  • At Caversham there is a small proportion of the inmates who should be transferred to a borstal institution.

    Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
  • I have always said that the hanging gardens of borstal knocked spots off the hanging gardens of Babylon, and now I know it.

    A Dweller in Mesopotamia

    Donald Maxwell
  • You may find it in the little street that runs off the market place, going down towards the borstal Institution.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for borstal


(formerly in Britain) an informal name for an establishment in which offenders aged 15 to 21 could be detained for corrective training. Since the Criminal Justice Act 1982, they have been replaced by youth custody centres (now known as young offender institutions)
(formerly) a similar establishment in Australia and New Zealand
Word Origin
C20: named after Borstal, village in Kent where the first institution was founded
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