Prison etymology


English word prison comes from Latin prehendo, Malayalam computatorium, Malayalam computātōrium, and later Latin prehensio (Seizing, apprehending, arresting, capturing.)

Etymology of prison

Detailed word origin of prison

Dictionary entry Language Definition
prehendo Latin (lat) (figuratively, rare, of the mind) I seize, apprehend, comprehend, grasp. (of trees) I take root. (poetic) I reach, arrive at, attain. (poetic) I take in, reach or embrace with the eye. I detain someone in order to speak with him, accost, lay or catch hold of. I lay hold of, seize, grasp, grab, snatch, take, catch. I take by surprise, catch in the act.
computatorium Malayalam (mal)
computātōrium Malayalam (mal)
prehensio Latin (lat) Seizing, apprehending, arresting, capturing.
prison Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Prison. Prisoner.
prisoun Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
conteor Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Storyteller.
prisun Anglo-Norman (xno)
fro Anglo-Norman (xno)
prisoun Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Prison (place where captives are held).
prison English (en) (colloquial) Any restrictive environment, such as a harsh academy or home.. (uncountable) Confinement in prison.. A place or institution of confinement, especially of long-term confinement for those convicted of serious crimes or otherwise considered undesirable by the government. (transitive) To imprison.

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