Definitions for: Gaol


[n] a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
[v] lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; "The suspects were imprisoned without trial"; "the murderer was incarcerated for the rest of his life"



Webster (1913) Definition: Gaol, n. [See Jail.]
A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or
provisional imprisonment; a jail. [Preferably, and in the
United States usually, written jail.]

Commission of general gaol delivery, an authority conferred
upon judges and others included in it, for trying and
delivering every prisoner in jail when the judges, upon
their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and
for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict.
[Eng.]

Gaol delivery. (Law) See Jail delivery, under Jail.

Synonyms: clink, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jail, jailhouse, jug, lag, put away, put behind bars, remand, slammer

See Also: bastille, confine, correctional institution, detain, holding cell, hoosegow, hoosgow, house of correction, lockup, pokey, workhouse

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