Definition of gag order in US English:

gag order

(British gagging order)


  • A judge's order that a case may not be discussed in public.

    • ‘I think the judge had a lot of guts imposing a gag order.’
    • ‘Last week the prosecution asked for a gagging order on the trial.’
    • ‘Jury, please remember that you are on a gag order and may not discuss what you heard to the media outside.’
    • ‘Several websites featured discussions on the possible identity of the individual, who is protected by a gagging order.’
    • ‘Telling officers not to express an opinion publicly is sticking a gagging order on them.’