noun, verb (used with object), British.
a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
verb (used with object)
to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.
(Brit) a variant spelling of jail
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
(informal) get out of jail, get out of jail free, to get out of a difficult situation
(transitive) to confine in prison
see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.
late 13c., gayhol, from Old North French gaiole and Old French jaole, both meaning “a cage, prison,” from Medieval Latin gabiola, from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea “cage, enclosure, stall, coop” (see cave (n.)). Both forms carried into Middle English; now pronounced “jail” however it is spelled. Persistence of Norman-derived gaol (preferred in Britain) is “chiefly due to statutory and official tradition” [OED].
“to put in jail,” c.1600, from jail (n.). Related: Jailed; jailing.
To live tolerably in jail; survive imprisonment: Roy taught me how to jail (1980s+)
[jeyl] /dʒeɪl/ noun, verb (used with object), British. 1. . /dʒeɪl/ noun, verb 1. (Brit) a variant spelling of jail n. chiefly British English spelling of jailer. see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.
[gah-ohn; Sephardic Hebrew gah-awn; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-ohn, goin] /ˈgɑ oʊn; Sephardic Hebrew gɑˈɔn; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈgɑ oʊn, gɔɪn/ noun, plural Geonim [Sephardic Hebrew ge-aw-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gey-oh-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew gɛ ɔˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew geɪˈoʊ nɪm/ (Show IPA). English, Gaons. 1. a title of honor for the directors of the Jewish academies at Sura and Pumbedita […]
- Gao Xingjian
[gou shing-jyahn] /ˈgaʊ ˈʃɪŋˈdʒyɑn/ noun 1. born 1940, French novelist and playwright, born in China: Nobel Prize 2000. /ɡaʊ ˈʃɪŋˈdʒjæn/ noun 1. born 1940, Chinese dramatist, novelist, and dissident, living in France from 1987; his works include the play Chezhan (Bus Stop, 1983) and the novel Lingshan (Soul Mountain, 1989): Nobel prize for literature 2000
[Chinese gou-shyawng] /Chinese ˈgaʊˈʃyɔŋ/ noun, Pinyin. 1. . /ˌjaʊəˈʃɒŋ/ noun 1. a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Kaohsiung