noun: prison
plural noun: prisons

a building in which people are legally held as a punishment for a crime they have committed or while awaiting trial.

verb literary
verb: prison
3rd person present: prisons
past tense: prisoned
past participle: prisoned
gerund or present participle: prisoning


Origin of prison

late Old English, from Old French prisun, from Latin prensio(n- ), variant of prehensio(n- ) ‘laying hold of’, from the verb prehendere.

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