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[jeyl] /dʒeɪl/
noun, verb (used with object), British.
Related forms
gaoler, noun
undergaoler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • "In secret, too," grumbled the gaoler, looking at the written paper.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I mount to the cell, with a fellow-citizen who is one of the Jury, directed by a gaoler.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It was not a thing to be denied, nor had the gaoler any orders to deny it.

  • "He was hanged at daybreak, mistress," said the gaoler gently.

  • The gaoler opened the door, and was at once despatched, and the prisoners were released.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • I turned to the gaoler who had just liberated me for some explanation.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Hemsworth laid his hand on the gaoler's arm as he extended it with the key.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • Nicanor turned his head, slowly, and looked up at his gaoler.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The gaoler, on some plea of informality, refused to receive him.

  • The moment the door had closed on the gaoler's black back Philip turned on Lucy.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for gaoler


noun, verb
(Brit) a variant spelling of jail
Derived Forms
gaoler, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gaoler

chiefly British English spelling of jailer.


see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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