- a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
- to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.
Origin of jail
Examples from the Web for gaoled
"I would not have you gaoled, which is what will happen if you disobey the Duke's magnificence," said she.The Strolling Saint
My pleasure is to tell you that you are very likely to be gaoled for this, all the pack of you.Scaramouche
The little temple in which I was gaoled had been robbed and despoiled of all its furnishments.
Do not tell me where she is gaoled, and I shall not dare to ask.
The jurors would not convict him, so were gaoled and fined by the justices.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
- British a variant spelling of jail
- a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
- get out of jail or get out of jail free informal to get out of a difficult situation
- (tr) to confine in prison
Word Origin and History for gaoled
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late 13c., gayhol, from Old North French gaiole and Old French jaole, both meaning "a cage, prison," from Medieval Latin gabiola, from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea "cage, enclosure, stall, coop" (see cave (n.)). Both forms carried into Middle English; now pronounced "jail" however it is spelled. Persistence of Norman-derived gaol (preferred in Britain) is "chiefly due to statutory and official tradition" [OED].
"to put in jail," c.1600, from jail (n.). Related: Jailed; jailing.