detention center

[ dih-ten-shuhn sen-ter ]
/ dɪˈtɛn ʃən ˌsɛn tər /

noun

a facility maintained by the civil authorities for persons charged with a crime, immigrants awaiting deportation rulings, or sometimes witnesses before a trial.

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Also called house of de·ten·tion .

Origin of detention center

First recorded in 1945–50
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