gibbet

noun
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

gibbet

verb
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 Once again there are gibbet cages and skull racks on display at Tyburn, but the medieval barbarity is compounded by entirely modern displays of wealth and power, their effects felt all the way up and down the social scale. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 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, 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of gibbet

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gibbet

Noun

Middle English gibet, from Anglo-French

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“Gibbet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gibbet. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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