Origin of prison
Related Words for prisonpenitentiary, lockup, confinement, jail, dungeon, cooler, keep, pen, can, stockade, reformatory, clink, slammer, G, guardhouse, bastille, statesville
Examples from the Web for prison
Contemporary Examples of prison
Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
When Chérif got out of prison, he worked at the fish counter of a supermarket.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
There was a lot of prison fiction from movies and books to mine.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
You get these high-profile people that go into prison, and the staff abuse their authority.
If nobody on the outside will send Teresa money, should she learn a prison hustle?
Historical Examples of prison
He leaves the prison gates, he makes his way to his old home, but his old home is not there.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
I fancied it in the fields, in the gardens, in the palace, in the prison.
The ranges are wide enough, but they're a prison just the same.Way of the Lawless
If a call come to a man in prison it will be by an angel who can let him out.
One or two were in prison of whom when she left she was in great hope.
Word Origin for prison
early 12c., from Old French prisoun "captivity, imprisonment; prison; prisoner, captive" (11c., Modern French prison), altered (by influence of pris "taken;" see prize (n.2)) from earlier preson, from Vulgar Latin *presionem, from Latin prensionem (nominative prensio), shortening of prehensionem (nominative *prehensio) "a taking," noun of action from past participle stem of prehendere "to take" (see prehensile). "Captivity," hence by extension "a place for captives," the main modern sense.
"to imprison," early 14c., from prison (n.) or Old French prisoner (v.). Related: Prisoned; prisoning.