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  • n. Any of the prisons set up in Britain for delinquent boys from 1895 to 1983.
  • n. Any institution which provides education to young offenders.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison


Named after Borstal Prison in Kent, England. (Wiktionary)


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  • "You'll see it often, before you go to Borstal. Sea-pie today, see fugh-all tommorrow."
    - Borstal Boy, Brendan Behan

    February 19, 2007