prison noun definition in Buildings topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


 noun: Buildings topic
[countable, uncountable] a building where people are kept as a punishment for a crime they have committed, or while they are waiting for trial He was sent to prison for five years. She is in prison, awaiting trial. to be released from prison a maximum-security prison the prison population (= the total number of prisoners in a country) the problem of overcrowding in prisons Ten prison officers and three inmates needed hospital treatment following the riot.