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)

Examples of inmate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The board recommended corrections officers immediately open cell doors and escort inmates to safety if they’re locked in a cell when a fire starts. TIME, 8 July 2024 Investigators said jail inmate Sean Castorina, 43, is the one who mailed the letter to the wrong address. Mark Price, Charlotte Observer, 4 July 2024 Push underway to free some June 13, 2024 1:29 PM Read Next National Naked inmate ‘left to die alone’ in pool of blood, Nevada suit says. Julia Marnin, Sacramento Bee, 3 July 2024 The reporting about inmate Brown was highlighted by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in a June 17 statement calling for reforms in Fernandez Rundle’s office. Brittany Wallman, Miami Herald, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for inmate 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

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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