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gaol

[jeyl] /dʒeɪl/
noun, verb (used with object), British
1.
jail.
Related forms
gaoler, noun
undergaoler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gaol

gaol

/dʒeɪl/
noun, verb
1.
(Brit) a variant spelling of jail
Derived Forms
gaoler, noun

jail

/dʒeɪl/
noun
1.
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
2.
(informal) get out of jail, get out of jail free, to get out of a difficult situation
verb
3.
(transitive) to confine in prison
Derived Forms
jailless, gaolless, adjective
jail-like, gaol-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French jaiole cage, from Vulgar Latin caveola (unattested), from Latin cavea enclosure; see cage: the two spellings derive from the forms of the word that developed in two different areas of France, and the spelling gaol represents a pronunciation in use until the 17th century
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Word Origin and History for gaol

see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.

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