death warrant


Definition of death warrant 

1 : a warrant for the execution of a death sentence

Examples of death warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The journey to the U.S. is treacherous and life-threatening — turning away migrants on the border is often akin to signing someone’s death warrant. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "It's Not OK to Appropriate Mexican Culture — Especially If You’re Dehumanizing Its People," 28 June 2018 State law requires that the court issue a death warrant within 10 days of greenlighting the execution date. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutors ask to push back death date for Texas 7 escapee, citing clerical error," 27 June 2018 Later in the evening, plans to execute Hamm, 61, were set in motion before his death warrant expired at midnight. Matthew Haag, Anchorage Daily News, "On execution day, 3 killers in different states meet different fates," 23 Feb. 2018 Later in the evening, plans to execute Mr. Hamm, 61, were set in motion before his death warrant expired at midnight. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "On Execution Day, Three Killers in Different States Meet Different Fates," 23 Feb. 2018 The death warrant was signed by a judge on June 19. David Montero,, "Nevada plans to execute inmate next week using controversial paralytic drug," 4 July 2018 He was pronounced dead about 35 minutes after the death warrant was read. Time, "Alabama Executes Man Who Was Convicted of Killing His Boss," 16 Mar. 2018 The king of Siam even issued their death warrants before forgetting about them, leaving them to grow up as healthy, active boys on the Mekong River. Candice Millard, New York Times, "Who Were the Original Siamese Twins?," 1 June 2018 Image In one of his final acts as governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie signed what appeared to be a death warrant for an agency that has policed the ports around New York Harbor for 65 years. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Judge Blocks New Jersey From Backing Out of Waterfront Commission," 4 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'death warrant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of death warrant

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about death warrant

Share death warrant

Statistics for death warrant

Last Updated

24 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for death warrant

The first known use of death warrant was in 1692

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for death warrant

death warrant


English Language Learners Definition of death warrant

: an official document ordering a person to be killed as a punishment

death warrant

Legal Definition of death warrant 

see warrant

More from Merriam-Webster on death warrant

See words that rhyme with death warrant

Comments on death warrant

What made you want to look up death warrant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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