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gallows

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noun gal·lows \ˈga-(ˌ)lōz, -ləz, in sense 3 also -ləs\

Simple Definition of gallows

  • : a structure on which a criminal who has been sentenced to death is killed by being hanged

Full Definition of gallows

plural gallows or gal·lows·es

  1. 1 a :  a frame usually of two upright posts and a transverse beam from which criminals are hanged —called also gallows tree b :  the punishment of hanging

  2. 2 :  a structure consisting of an upright frame with a crosspiece

  3. 3 :  suspender 2a

Examples of gallows

  1. He was sentenced to death on the gallows.



Origin of gallows

Middle English galwes, plural of galwe, from Old English galga, gealga; akin to Old Norse gelgja pole, stake, Armenian jałk twig


First Known Use: before 12th century


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gallows

adjective gal·lows

Definition of gallows

  1. :  deserving the gallows



15th Century

First Known Use of gallows

15th century



GALLOWS Defined for Kids

gallows

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noun gal·lows \ˈga-lōz\

Definition of gallows

plural gallows or gal·lows·es

  1. :  a structure from which criminals are hanged





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