from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Variant of jail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Preferred alternative spelling of jail.
- n. Alternative spelling of jail.
- v. To confine in a gaol; to imprison
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Obsolescent spellings of jail, jailer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail
- n. a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
From Middle English gayole, gaylle, gaille, gayle, gaile, via Old French gaiole, gayolle, gaole, from Medieval Latin gabiola, for *caveola, a diminutive of Latin cavea ("cavity, coop, cage"). (Wiktionary)