borstal or bor·stal institution [bawr-stuh l] ExamplesWord Originnoun
- (in England) a school for delinquent boys that provides therapy and vocational training.
Origin of borstal First recorded in 1900–05; named after Borstal, village in Kent, England Related Words for borstal reformatory, borstal Examples from the Web for borstal Historical Examples of borstal
He is not a criminal and earth is not a Borstal Institution.
You smell out the hedgerows, and every borstal leads you out on to the grass.
This led to the foundation of the Borstal scheme, which was first formally started in October 1902.
At Caversham there is a small proportion of the inmates who should be transferred to a Borstal institution.
W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
I have always said that the hanging gardens of Borstal knocked spots off the hanging gardens of Babylon, and now I know it.
British Dictionary definitions for borstal borstal noun
- (formerly in Britain) an informal name for an establishment in which offenders aged 15 to 21 could be detained for corrective training. Since the Criminal Justice Act 1982, they have been replaced by youth custody centres (now known as young offender institutions)
- (formerly) a similar establishment in Australia and New Zealand
Word Origin for borstal C20: named after Borstal, village in Kent where the first institution was founded