Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

jail - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [countable/uncountable] jail pronunciation in American English /dʒeɪl/
Word Forms

Related words

  1. a place where people are put after they have been arrested, or where people go as punishment for a crime
    the county jail
    in jail: Adam spent 3 years in jail for drug possession.
    go/be sent to jail: She’s been sent to jail for murder.
    get out of jail: He was stealing again, two months after getting out of jail.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog