A place or institution of confinement, especially of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
‘The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.’;
(UK) A way up a hill in the South Downs.
(uncountable) Confinement in prison.
‘Prison was a harrowing experience for him.’;
(historical) Any of the prisons set up in Britain for delinquent boys from 1895 to 1983.
(colloquial) Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.
‘The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.’;
Any institution which provides education to young offenders.
(transitive) To imprison.
a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22.
A place where persons are confined, or restrained of personal liberty; hence, a place or state o confinement, restraint, or safe custody.
‘Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name.’; ‘The tyrant Æolus, . . . With power imperial, curbs the struggling winds,And sounding tempests in dark prisons binds.’;
a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22
Specifically, a building for the safe custody or confinement of criminals and others committed by lawful authority.
A Borstal was a type of youth detention centre in the United Kingdom, several member states of the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland. In India, such a detention centre is known as a Borstal school.
To imprison; to shut up in, or as in, a prison; to confine; to restrain from liberty.
‘The prisoned eagle dies for rage.’; ‘His true respect will prison false desire.’;
To bind (together); to enchain.
‘Sir William Crispyn with the duke was ledTogether prisoned.’;
a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement
A prison, also known as a jail or gaol (dated, British, Australian, and historically in Canada), penitentiary (American English and Canadian English), detention center (or detention centre outside the US), correction center, correctional facility, lock-up or remand center is a facility in which inmates (or prisoners) are confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state as punishment for various crimes. Prisons are most commonly used within a criminal justice system: people charged with crimes may be imprisoned until their trial; those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified period of imprisonment.