gib·​bet | \ ˈji-bət How to pronounce gibbet (audio) \

Definition of gibbet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : an upright post with a projecting arm for hanging the bodies of executed criminals as a warning


gibbeted; gibbeting; gibbets

Definition of gibbet (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to expose to infamy or public scorn
b : to hang on a gibbet
2 : to execute by hanging on a gibbet

Examples of gibbet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over 1,000 angry citizens rampaged the city; within days, hundreds were arrested and more than a dozen were executed, their bodies displayed on gibbets. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "On Evil May Day, Londoners Rioted Over Foreigners Stealing Their Jobs," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of gibbet


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gibbet


Middle English gibet, from Anglo-French

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“Gibbet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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