gaol


gaol
chiefly British variant of jail

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gaol — gaol·er chiefly Brit var of jail jailer Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. gaol n. An archaic spe …   Law dictionary

  • gaol´er — gaol «jayl», noun, transitive verb. British. jail. ╂[Middle English gayhole < Old North French gaiole < Vulgar Latin gaviōla < Latin cavea cage] –gaol´er, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • gaol — [dʒeıl] n, v a British spelling of ↑jail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gaol — [ dʒeıl ] a British spelling of jail1 …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gaol — see JAIL (Cf. jail), you tea sodden football hooligan …   Etymology dictionary

  • gaol — gaol, gaoler see jail, jailer …   Modern English usage

  • gaol — [jāl] n. Brit. sp. of JAIL gaoler n …   English World dictionary

  • gaol — /gey(a)l/ A now obsolete term (of English origin) for a prison for temporary confinement; a jail; a place for the confinement of offenders against the law. As distinguished from prison, it is said to be a place for temporary or provisional… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gaol — /gey(a)l/ A now obsolete term (of English origin) for a prison for temporary confinement; a jail; a place for the confinement of offenders against the law. As distinguished from prison, it is said to be a place for temporary or provisional… …   Black's law dictionary

  • gaol — Brit. var. of JAIL . * * * gaol [gaol gaols gaoled gaoling] ; gaoler (BrE) = ↑jail, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary


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