Quick answer
"Jail" is a noun which is often translated as "la cárcel", and "jailhouse" is a noun which is also often translated as "la cárcel". Learn more about the difference between "jail" and "jailhouse" below.
jail(
jeyl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (prison)
a. la cárcel
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You can end up in jail for robbery.Puedes acabar en la cárcel por robo.
b. la prisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Many jails are plagued by overcrowding.Muchas prisiones están plagadas de hacinamiento.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to jail)
a. de prisión
This activity is punishable with a jail sentence of up to two years.Esta actividad es punible con una pena de prisión de hasta dos años.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to imprison)
a. encarcelar
The judge jailed him for theft.El juez lo encarceló por hurto.
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jailhouse
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. la cárcel
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After spending a night in the local jailhouse, Jimmy promised his parents he would never drink again.Después de pasar una noche en la cárcel local, Jimmy les prometió a sus padres que nunca volvería a beber.
b. la prisión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
By the time the sheriff got back to the jailhouse, a crowd of people was waiting out front.Cuando el comisario volvió a la prisión, esperaba una multitud por la entrada.
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