American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of jail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolescent spellings of jail, jailer.
- n. Australia, Ireland Preferred alternative spelling of jail.
- n. UK alternative spelling of jail.
- v. UK To confine in a gaol; to imprison
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail.
- v. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
- 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)
- From Middle English gayole, gaylle, gaille, gayle, gaile, via Old French gaiole, gayolle, gaole, from Medieval Latin gabiola, for *caveola, a diminutive of Latin cavea ("cavity, coop, cage"). (Wiktionary)
“During the Emergency Mrs. Gandhi threw the Maharani in gaol for a while (on trumped up charges of tax evasion — in connection with “undeclared” jewels), then let her out again.”
“Poor old Clegg (NI) spent years in gaol before we discovered there was no proof it was his bullet that killed anyone.”
“What better place for social-working worthies to practice than in gaol? on April 13, 2010 at 6: 00 pm Gary”
“Critics have pointed out that the gaol is only designed to hold a maximum of 30 inmates.”
“Taxes are unpopular, so easier all round to peddle the myth that “too many people are in gaol” than to address the problem of persistent offenders. on October 8, 2009 at 6: 57 pm Wig and Gown”
“You know people are desperate when attempting to outwit the fire inspectors and insurance people begins to look attractive even when gaol is the price of failure.”
“Prisoners should not languish in gaol; they should be used for a good purpose.”
“Who exactly are all these innocent members of the public thrown in gaol for protecting their property?”
“The ultimate gaol is to keep this country safe, right?”
“Then he cried to the gaoler, “Take her with thee and clap her in gaol till the morning;” but he replied, “I will not take her nor will I imprison her lest she play a trick on me and I be answerable for her.””
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