[[t]ˈbɔr stəl[/t]] n.
edu (in England) a school for delinquent boys; reformatory
Etymology: 1900–05; after Borstal, village in Kent, England

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  • Borstal — n. a British reform school for youths between 16 and 22. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • borstal — ► NOUN Brit. historical ▪ a custodial institution for young offenders. ORIGIN named after the village of Borstal in southern England, where the first of these was established …   English terms dictionary

  • Borstal — [bôr′stəl] n. [after Borstal, town in England] [sometimes b ] any of a number of British correctional institutions to which convicted young offenders (16 to 21 years old) are sent for reeducation and training …   English World dictionary

  • borstal — a form of custodial sentence for young offenders, now superseded by young offender institutions. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001 …   Law dictionary

  • Borstal — is a former name for British institutions for reforming young offenders. It is still found in print in allusive use, but the correct terms to use now are detention centre and youth custody centre …   Modern English usage

  • Borstal — In the United Kingdom, a borstal was a specific kind of youth prison, run by the Prison Service and intended to reform seriously delinquent young people. The word is sometimes used, incorrectly, to apply to other kinds of youth institution or… …   Wikipedia

  • borstal — /bawr steuhl/, n. (in England) a school for delinquent boys that provides therapy and vocational training. Also, borstal institution. [1900 05; named after Borstal, village in Kent, England] * * * …   Universalium

  • borstal — Synonyms and related words: POW camp, bastille, black hole, borstal institution, borstal school, bridewell, brig, cell, concentration camp, condemned cell, death cell, death house, death row, detention camp, federal prison, forced labor camp,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • borstal — UK [ˈbɔː(r)st(ə)l] / US [ˈbɔrst(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms borstal : singular borstal plural borstals the old name for a prison in the UK for criminals who are too young to be in an adult prison …   English dictionary

  • borstal — /ˈbɔstl/ (say bawstl) British –noun 1. (formerly) a reformatory for young offenders between the ages of 16 and 21. –adjective 2. coming from or related to a borstal. {named after Borstal, village in Kent, where the first such reformatory was… …  

  • Borstal — noun Etymology: Borstal, English village where the first such institution was set up Date: 1907 British reformatory …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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