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

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

plural gallows or gal·lows·es

Full Definition of GALLOWS

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

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi



Definition of GALLOWS

:  deserving the gallows

First Known Use of GALLOWS

15th century
GALLOWSES Defined for Kids


noun gal·lows \ˈga-lōz\
plural gallows or gal·lows·es

Definition of GALLOWS for Kids

:  a structure from which criminals are hanged


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