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  • gaol (British, Australian)

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From Middle English jaiole, jayle, jaile, jayll, via Old French jaiole, jaole, jeole, geole < Medieval Latin gabiola, for *caveola, a diminutive of Latin cavea (cavity, coop, cage).

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Singular
Jail

Plural
countable and uncountable; plural jails

Jail (countable and uncountable; plural jails)
  1. A prison; a place of detention; a place where a person convicted or suspected of a crime is detained.
  2. Patrono:Rfex (uncountable) Confinement in a jail.
  3. (slang) school
    I have to go to jail for 5 days per week.
  4. (horse racing) The requirements that a horse claimed in a claiming race not be run at another track for (usually) 30 days.

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  • (prison): Like many nouns denoting places where people spend time, jail requires no article after certain prepositions: hence in jail (detained in a jail), go to jail (become detained in a jail), and so on. The forms in a jail, go to a jail, and so on do exist, but tend to imply mere presence in the jail, rather than detention there.

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Infinitive
to Jail

Third person singular
Jails

Simple past
Jailed

Past participle
Jailed

Present participle
Jailing

to Jail (third-person singular simple present Jails, present participle Jailing, simple past and past participle Jailed)
  1. To imprison.

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