inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

Definition of inmate 

: any of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)

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Prison Pet Partnership gives inmate employees experience in training, boarding, and grooming rescue dogs who go on to lead lives of service. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "The 11 Best Gifts for the Devoted Dog Owner (and the Object of Their Affection)," 12 Nov. 2018 Lady Gaga gives us a whole nine-and-a-half minutes in the hottest women’s prison ever, including studded bikini clad inmates and tattoos galore. Nicole Demarco And Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Sexy Music Videos You Definitely Shouldn't Watch at Work," 2 Nov. 2018 Still, the changes in cities and states, while notable, are short of the regulation inmate advocates once hoped for under the Obama FCC. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Texas and New York City are slashing inmate phone call rates," 1 Sep. 2018 Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Oregon’s only prison for women, in Wilsonville, can include up to 20 inmates at a time in its Coffee Creek School of Cosmetology. Carlos Chavarría, Allure, "How Prison Salons Are Doing More Than Just Making Inmates Look Good," 18 July 2018 This week, five such residents were selected by the jail to receive the furniture, created in a construction program that allows inmates to learn a trade while making reparations to the community. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Inmates build, then donate furniture to formerly homeless residents in Orlando," 13 July 2018 The Contagious Disease Unit is also implemented at times to protect celebrity inmates from the general population. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "6ix9ine Denied Bail Following NYC Arrest, Deemed Flight Risk," 13 July 2018 In Alexandria, Manafort joins about 400 other inmates. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort arrives at Alexandria lockup; placed in protective custody," 12 July 2018 Electrocution is an option in Tennessee for inmates whose offenses came before January 1999. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Inmate’s choice of electric chair won’t buy him time," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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inmate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inmate

: a person who is kept in a prison or mental hospital

inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

Kids Definition of inmate

: a person confined in an institution (as a hospital or prison)

inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

Medical Definition of inmate 

: one of a group occupying a single place of residence especially : a person confined (as in a psychiatric hospital) especially for a long time

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inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ˈin-ˌmāt \

Legal Definition of inmate 

: a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital)

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