electric chair

noun
Updated on: 10 Jan 2018

Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

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First Known Use of electric chair

1883


ELECTRIC CHAIR Defined for English Language Learners

electric chair

noun

Definition of electric chair for English Language Learners

  • : a special chair in which a criminal who has been sentenced to death is killed by using a strong electric current


Law Dictionary

electric chair

noun elec·tric chair

legal Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in performing a legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

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