Adjective "jailed" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A place for the confinement of people accused or convicted of a crime.
  1. as modifier 'a jail sentence'
  2. 'He put dissidents, or those suspected of a scintilla of disloyalty, into stinking jails which were often death centres.'
  3. 'He was imprisoned in Gloucester gaol, despite the Lord Lieutenant's concerns that it was ‘not fit for a man of his quality.’'
  4. 'Last year the number of inmates in the nation's prisons and jails reached nearly 1,932,000, a record number.'
  5. 'Kerik reduced crime in the city's jails by 95 per cent and ensured crime rates continued to decline.'
  6. 'He had been at this particular gaol for several months, and had watched her grow in all the lawless skills there were.'
  7. 'At the association's annual conference Mike Newell, right, called for reform to reduce the number of inmates entering jails.'
  8. 'One of the comments most commonly made in this context was that Scotland was a more law-abiding country than England, as evidenced by the prison reformer John Howard having found fewer criminals in its gaols.'
  9. 'David Brown says the Royal Commission helped end the violence against prisoners which existed in some jails.'
  10. 'The people who ran the men's home would bargain with judges to get convicts who were drug addicts out of the jails and into the home.'
  11. 'Venter denied that a concept such as solitary confinement existed in South African jails.'


Put (someone) in jail.
  1. 'In another case a man from Auxerre was jailed for keeping women captive in the basement of his home.'
  2. 'As well as jailing him for three years, she also ordered he forfeit £165 he had with him when he was arrested, and that the heroin be destroyed.'
  3. 'Judge Robert Moore asked Walker to sit down in the dock as he outlined his reasons for jailing him for five years.'
  4. 'Rob Ross, defending, said his client accepted he faced another custodial sentence, but urged the court to consider not jailing him.'
  5. 'He was jailed for life for wounding with intent to resist arrest but was cleared of attempted murder.'
  6. 'He said he was jailed in January for shoplifting offences and stayed off drugs when he was released.'
  7. 'At the age of 17, he was jailed for a year for affray after being involved in a riot.'
  8. 'He was jailed three times for repeatedly flouting a court order banning him from the estate.'
  9. 'Since Labour took office in 1997 an additional 6,000 have been gaoled, making the numbers imprisoned per head of population the highest in Europe after Portugal.'
  10. 'She said that she also feared her son would be taken into care if she were jailed for the offences.'

More definitions

1. a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses. verb (used with object)

2. to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.

More examples(as adjective)

"diplomats can be jailed in countries."

"people can be jailed after returns."

"people can be jailed after restorations."

"co accuseds can be jailed for years."

"blacks can be jailed in/at/on yesterdays."

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(jail)Middle English: based on Latin cavea (see cage). The word came into English in two forms, jaiole from Old French and gayole from Anglo-Norman French gaole (surviving in the spelling gaol), originally pronounced with a hard g, as in goat.