- a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
- to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.
Origin of jail
Related Words for jailingpenitentiary, lockup, cell, prison, confine, sentence, imprison, detain, hold, dungeon, pound, solitary, cooler, stir, inside, joint, pen, stockade, reformatory, clink
Examples from the Web for jailing
Contemporary Examples of jailing
Turkey, a NATO member and European Union aspirant, has a long history of jailing journalists and dissenters.Turkey Arrests Journalists in Crackdown
December 14, 2014
Even worse is the way the government has responded—by jailing its critics and making them heroes.Hunger Strike Inflames India
August 18, 2011
PEN members marched around the Czech embassy to protest the jailing of Vaclav Havel.Writers Rally for Liu Xiaobo
PEN American Center
January 4, 2010
Historical Examples of jailing
Thereupon follows the story of the capture and jailing of Finnegan and Company.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
I'm not arresting people, jailing them, making them disappear.Little Brother
You could have rendered his people a much better one by telling the truth and 'jailing him,' as you say.Kitty's Conquest
What is a fine of a thousand dollars, and jailing for six months, to the liberty of a man?Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)
The arrival of these men was always the signal for so-called riots, and wholesale clubbing, shooting and jailing of strikers.The Great Steel Strike and its Lessons
William Z. Foster
- a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
- get out of jail or get out of jail free informal to get out of a difficult situation
- (tr) to confine in prison
Word Origin for jail
late 13c., gayhol, from Old North French gaiole and Old French jaole, both meaning "a cage, prison," from Medieval Latin gabiola, from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea "cage, enclosure, stall, coop" (see cave (n.)). Both forms carried into Middle English; now pronounced "jail" however it is spelled. Persistence of Norman-derived gaol (preferred in Britain) is "chiefly due to statutory and official tradition" [OED].
"to put in jail," c.1600, from jail (n.). Related: Jailed; jailing.