A place of confinement, especially for minor offenses or provisional imprisonment; a jail.
An institution for the imprisonment of felons and debtors. RCHME. Clifford's Tower may have been used as a gaol during the medieval period.
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)
As distinguished from a prison, it is a provincial institution for the punishment of lighter offences for which a prisoner has been sentenced to less than two years imprisonment. See the Prisons and Reformatories Act. Also applied to local police lock-ups or prisons where the prisoners are on remand awaiting their trial and have not been sentenced yet.
A place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial.
Alternate spelling of "jail". Where prisoners are held.
variation of jail, sometimes written as goal
British variant of jail