gaol

gaol

[jeyl]
noun, verb (used with object) British.

gaoler, noun
undergaoler, noun
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gaol (dʒeɪl)
 
n, —vb
(Brit) a variant spelling of jail
 
'gaoler
 
n

jail or gaol (dʒeɪl)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to confine in prison
 
[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]
 
gaol or gaol
 
n
 
vb
 
[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]
 
'jailless or gaol
 
adj
 
'gaolless or gaol
 
adj
 
'jail-like or gaol
 
adj
 
'gaol-like or gaol
 
adj

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gaol
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