noun, plural re·form·a·to·ries.
Examples from the Web for reformatory
The Panopticon By Jenni Fagan A teenage heroine is sent to a reformatory in this dystopian novel.
That little girl he caught it from ought to be sent to a Reformatory.The Vehement Flame|Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
I do not enlarge upon the objections to the present system; it is not claimed to be reformatory.The Life, Public Services and Select Speeches of Rutherford B. Hayes|James Quay Howard
Composite photograph of twenty criminals—dullards—in the Elmira Reformatory.The Criminal|Havelock Ellis
It is punished for the first time by the law and sent to prison or to a reformatory, where it is inevitably corrupted.The Positive School of Criminology|Enrico Ferri
She meant to interest her in the Reformatory school for William's sake.
British Dictionary definitions for reformatory
noun plural -ries
Word Origin and History for reformatory
1704, from past participle stem of Latin reformare "to transform, change" (see reform (v.)). As a noun, "house of correction for juveniles," from 1758.