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noun, plural jail·hous·es [jeyl-hou-ziz] /ˈdʒeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. a jail or building used as a jail.
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Origin of jailhouse

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; jail + house
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Related Words for jailhouse

penitentiary, lockup, cell, prison, dungeon, pound, solitary, cooler, stir, inside, joint, pen, stockade, reformatory, clink, brig, rack, can, slammer, bastille

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  1. Southern US a jail; prison
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