detention center

[ dih-ten-shuhn sen-ter ]
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  1. a facility maintained by the civil authorities for persons charged with a crime, immigrants awaiting deportation rulings, or sometimes witnesses before a trial.

Origin of detention center

First recorded in 1945–50
  • Also called house of de·ten·tion .

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