cellmate

noun
cell·​mate | \ ˈsel-ˌmāt How to pronounce cellmate (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cell mate
plural cellmates also cell mates

Definition of cellmate

: a person who shares a prison cell with another prisoner When his cellmates learned that his bond had been set at $1 million (and bail at $500,000), they broke into laughter and shook their heads in disbelief.— Richard Behar Within a week, guards came by at night and told me to get ready. … I said goodbye to my cellmates and gathered my things …— Clare Morgana Gillis

First Known Use of cellmate

1839, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About cellmate

Time Traveler for cellmate

Time Traveler

The first known use of cellmate was in 1839

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near cellmate

cell lineage

cellmate

cell-mediated

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for cellmate

Cite this Entry

“Cellmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cellmate. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!