state prison

Origin of state prison

First recorded in 1715–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for state prison

Historical Examples of state prison

  • On the way we stopped at Auburn, where there was a great State-prison, which I visited alone.


    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • "I asked you what you wanted of me, you state-prison bird," repeated the steward.

    Freaks of Fortune

    Oliver Optic

  • There are some of them that will go to state-prison for attempted blackmail.

  • I never come away from a visit to a State-prison without a new spasm of fear and virtue.

    Backlog Studies

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Love and a duel are bad enough; but an Austrian state-prison, and a sentence of twenty years in irons, are even worse.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for state prison

State prison

  1. (in the US) a prison where persons convicted of serious crimes are confined
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