What does the word penitentiary mean?

Usage examples for penitentiary

  1. The penitentiary, of course. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  2. Finally most of the gang were caught, tried, and convicted, and sent to the penitentiary for a number of years. – An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) by Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  3. We are not shut up here to guard and rule a penitentiary; we are to bring the best and sweetest and most beautiful life possible to us, close to the life we want to help. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney