Gaol
Gaol Gaol (j[=a]l), n. [See {Jail}.] A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail. [Preferably, and in the United States usually, written {jail}.] [1913 Webster]

{Commission of general gaol delivery}, an authority conferred upon judges and others included in it, for trying and delivering every prisoner in jail when the judges, upon their circuit, arrive at the place for holding court, and for discharging any whom the grand jury fail to indict. [Eng.]

{Gaol delivery}. (Law) See {Jail delivery}, under {Jail}. [1913 Webster]


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