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Noun: gaol  jeyl
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: jail)
  1. 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)
    - jail, jailhouse, clink, slammer, poky, pokey, calaboose [Austral], prison
Verb: gaol  jeyl
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: jail)
  1. (law) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
    "The suspects were gaoled without trial";
    - imprison, incarcerate, lag, immure, put behind bars, jail, jug [N. Amer], put away, remand, prison [archaic]

Derived forms: gaoling, gaols, gaoled

Type of: confine, correctional institution, detain

Encyclopedia: Gaol