from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A group of cells that make up a section or unit of a prison.

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  • n. A wing of a prison containing cells for the inmates.

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  • n. a division of a prison (usually consisting of several cells)


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  • If they're in cellblock 1A or 1B these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents, many of them probably have American blood on their hands, and here we're so concerned about the treatment of those individuals.


  • If they're in cellblock 1-A or 1-B, these prisoners, they're murderers, they're terrorists, they're insurgents.


  • There's a pay phone that's on casters or rollers and goes up and down this old cellblock, which is our maximum-security area.

    CNN Transcript Apr 24, 2003

  • NORVILLE: Well, what they're doing here is they're writing out a wristband, which says that I am an inmate assigned to the a cellblock, which is where the higher security female inmates are held.

    CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Why Is Deborah Norville in Jail? - February 14, 2000

  • "In the new building, the arrest processing room, the booking room, is built only for the processing of prisoners or arrested persons," said Mihlon, adding that the location of the cellblock is another improvement.


  • In the cellblock, captives clustered by the barred doors of their cells.

    Libyan rebels round up black Africans

  • The rioters never succeeded in taking over cellblock z where the most hardened criminals are kept in solitary confinement.

    Director Doug Liman to Chronicle Attica Uprising –

  • The play, under Michael John Garces's taut direction, is a gritty depiction of the ritualistic world of gangs in barrios and prisons, and reminiscent in its theatrical bloodiness and steaminess of "Oz," the late 1990s HBO cellblock drama.

    Theater review: 'Oedipus el Rey' at Woolly Mammoth

  • Magarac smiled, then laughed, a tremendous braying that echoed down the cellblock.

    Nothing in the World (an excerpt)

  • He shouted for the guards, and the cellblock became a hoarse fanatic choir.

    Nothing in the World (an excerpt)


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  • Prisoner Cellblock H. What a classic show.

    November 16, 2007