inmate

noun

in·​mate ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio)
: any of a group occupying a single place of residence
especially : a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The corrections department does not release information about the cause of inmate deaths, but said foul play is not suspected in these fatalities. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2022 An inmate who jumped into the East River from a jail barge has died, the city Department of Correction announced Wednesday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 An inmate who jumped into the East River from a New York City jail barge has died, the city Department of Correction announced Wednesday. CBS News, 21 Sep. 2022 An inmate at the Davis County jail died by suicide Wednesday night, officials reported Thursday. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Sep. 2022 Basco died less than a month after another inmate died by suicide on Aug. 19, according to jail officials. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2022 An inmate at the Hays County Jail who suffered a medical emergency on Tuesday died the following day at a local hospital, officials said. Michelle Del Rey, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Aug. 2022 The inmate population was growing and the jail was short on staff. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 19 July 2022 The family of a man who died while in custody at New York City's infamous Rikers Island jail plans to file a $25 million lawsuit against the city following a string of inmate deaths inside the correctional facility in recent years. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 16 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inmate was in 1609

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Cite this Entry

“Inmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inmate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

inmate

noun
in·​mate ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio)
: a member of a group living in a single residence
especially : a person kept in an institution (as a hospital or prison)

Medical Definition

inmate

noun
in·​mate ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio)
: one of a group occupying a single place of residence
especially : a person confined (as in a psychiatric hospital) especially for a long time

Legal Definition

inmate

noun
in·​mate ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio)
: a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital)
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