- IPA: /ˈpɹɪzən/, [pʰɹ̠̊ɪzn̩]
- A place or institution of confinement, especially of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered undesirable by the government.
- The cold stone walls of the prison had stood for over a century.
- (uncountable) Confinement in prison.
- Prison was a harrowing experience for him.
- (colloquial, figurative) Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.
- The academy was a prison for many of its students because of its strict teachers.
- (place or institution of confinement) bridewell, big house; see also Thesaurus:prison.
- (state of confinement) imprisonment
- French: prison, (slang) cabane, geôle, pénitencier
- German: Gefängnis, Knast (colloquial), Kerker (slang), Zuchthaus (dated)
- Italian: prigione, carcere, fresco
- Portuguese: prisão, cadeia, xadrez (slang), cárcere
- Russian: тюрьма́
- Spanish: cárcel, prisión, penitenciaría, chirona (colloquial), trullo (colloquial), talego (Spain, colloquial)
- French: prison
- German: Haft, Gefangenschaft
- Italian: prigione, carcere
- Portuguese: cárcere
- Russian: тюремный
prison (prisons, present participle prisoning; past and past participle prisoned)
- (transitive) To imprison.