inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Definition of inmate

: 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 Lowe says the book was inspired by a 2016 Times article about Shawna Lynn Jones, a 22-year-old inmate who was struck in the head by a large rock while working the fire lines in Malibu near Mulholland Highway. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2021 One inmate who received no medical screening was Joseph Arquillo, who died of a drug overdose eight hours after he was booked into the jail for violating his probation. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2021 At least 140 people died in county custody over a 10-year span beginning in 2009, an average higher than one inmate dying every month in that time. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2021 In 2006, a riot at the North County Correctional Facility left one inmate dead and 100 others injured. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 16 July 2021 According to the jail's inmate roster, she was originally arrested on charges of residential burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief. The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 8 July 2021 This just so happened to be Victor Oquendo, a 31-year-old inmate who was 11 years into a 24-year sentence for double homicide. Daisy Schofield, refinery29.com, 5 July 2021 In November 1999, a second addition was completed, which increased the inmate housing population to 185. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 3 July 2021 That prompted efforts to decrease an inmate population numbering in the thousands and suspend the in-person visits. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of inmate

1609, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Inmate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inmate. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Kids Definition of inmate

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

inmate

noun
in·​mate | \ ˈin-ˌmāt How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce inmate (audio) \

Legal Definition of inmate

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

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