[in-turn-muh nt]


an act or instance of interning.
the state of being interned; confinement.

Origin of internment

First recorded in 1865–70; intern1 + -ment
Can be confusedinterment internment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for internment

Contemporary Examples of internment

Historical Examples of internment

  • The only place you can be safe is an English internment camp.

    Tam O' The Scoots

    Edgar Wallace

  • It was used as a place of internment for deportees from Egypt.

  • The internment of alien enemies was preliminary to a sifting process.

  • A cleverly written description of a young English officer's internment as a prisoner of war in Germany.

    A Kut Prisoner

    H. C. W. Bishop

  • With the internment of Mrs. Annie Besant it sounded a new note—a note inspired by an ardent love of humanity.

    Chitta Ranjan

    Sukumar Ranjan Das

British Dictionary definitions for internment



  1. the act of interning or state of being interned, esp of enemy citizens in wartime or of terrorism suspects
  2. (as modifier)an internment camp
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Word Origin and History for internment

1870, from intern (v.) + -ment. Cf. French internement. Internment camp is attested from 1916.

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