Synonyms for jail
- black hole
- detention camp
- house of correction
- penal institution
- up the river
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR JAIL
After laying in the jail at Holly Springs about three weeks Wilson came for me.
"The jail of the county is at Welland, the county town," replied the constable.
I came here for rest and quiet, and I am going to have them, if I have to go to jail for them.
Another had a brother in jail, who could not be got out without me.
A writ by which a man may be taken out of jail when confined for the wrong crime.
In the early summer of the year we hear of him in Appleby jail.
A warrant was made out, and he was forthwith sent to the jail.
No, once arrested, they would either keep me in jail for ever, or hang me.
Forgive me this earnestness, but the horrors of a jail have made me half distracted.
He's up the road and he's going to catch people and put them in 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].