borstal or bor·stal institution [bawr-stuh l] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for borstal on noun

  1. (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.

    Painted Windows

    Harold Begbie

  • You smell out the hedgerows, and every borstal leads you out on to the grass.

    Rest Harrow

    Maurice Hewlett

  • This led to the foundation of the Borstal scheme, which was first formally started in October 1902.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6


  • At Caversham there is a small proportion of the inmates who should be transferred to a Borstal institution.

    Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders

    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.

    A Dweller in Mesopotamia

    Donald Maxwell

  • British Dictionary definitions for borstal borstal noun

    1. (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 Since the Criminal Justice Act 1982, they have been replaced by youth custody centres (now known as young offender institutions)
    2. (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

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