Definition of borstal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbɔːstl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɔːrstl//
[countable, uncountable] Prison
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(in Britain in the past) a type of prison for young criminals see also youth custody See related entries: Prison Word Originearly 20th cent.: named after the village of Borstal in southern England, where the first of these was established.