Meaning of county jail in English:

county jail

Pronunciation /ˌkaʊntɪ ˈdʒeɪl/


  • A prison serving a county, or one maintained by the county authorities.

    In the United States, a county jail is chiefly used to house prisoners awaiting trial or offenders serving short sentences. State or federal prisons house those convicted of offences carrying longer sentences.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Divers Remarkable Occurences. From county + jail.