death row


Definition of death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death usually used with on prisoners waiting on death row

Examples of death row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2013 Boston Marathon bombings case is closed and a suspect is on death row, but there is still a lingering thread between the terrorist attack and gruesome murders that took place not too far away a year and a half earlier. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 9 Sep. 2022 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and found guilty of murder, and is on death row. Larry Edelman,, 7 Sep. 2022 Alcala, who died last July on death row, was convicted of murdering six women and one girl in the 1970s. Jessica Wang,, 7 Sep. 2022 On June 22, 2018, the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Alabama drafted a form for their clients, over 40 of who sat on death row. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, 6 Sep. 2022 Statistically, if Rhoda Nathan hadn't been white, or if Elwood Jones hadn't been Black, Jones would've been less likely to land on death row once convicted of Nathan's murder., 22 Aug. 2022 Attorneys for Richard Glossip, an Oklahoma man on death row accused of murdering his boss in 1997, on Friday filed a clemency petition with the Oklahoma Board of Pardon and Parole. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 13 Aug. 2022 Houston was eventually convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Faith Karimi, CNN, 6 Aug. 2022 The prison is also where most of Alabama’s 165 death row inmates are housed. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of death row

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death row was in 1894

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16 Sep 2022

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“Death row.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Legal Definition of death row

: a prison area housing inmates sentenced to death

Other Words from death row

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