noun, plural al·i·bis.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to provide an alibi for (someone): He alibied his friend out of a fix.
- to make or find (one's way) by using alibis: to alibi one's way out of work.
Origin of alibi
Examples from the Web for alibi
“Tex-Mex for decades was ascendant,” Arellano told the The Weekly Alibi in 2012.
On the night of the attack, detectives interviewed Claudia Haro, but she denied any involvement and provided them with an alibi.
The complaint alleges the lunch was merely to establish an alibi.
While the agents did verify that Tessier made the collect call he said he did, the ticket blew a huge hole in his alibi.
But like Knox, Sabrina changed her story several times and her alibi has yet to be corroborated.
Hed get twenty witnesses to swear to an alibi as easy as hed get one.A Singular Life|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
But when arrested and brought back, he adduced what was deemed satisfactory proof of an alibi.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
If this testimony is followed, it proves one alibi too much.Assassination of Lincoln: a History of the Great Conspiracy|Thomas Mealey Harris
He had prepared no alibi in advance, and within a few hours after Turner fell scores of his kinsmen would be baying on the trail.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
This was utilised ingeniously for the establishment of alibi's, the name of Wix being adopted by both.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for alibi
noun plural -bis
- a defence by an accused person that he was elsewhere at the time the crime in question was committed
- the evidence given to prove this
Word Origin for alibi
Word Origin and History for alibi
1743, "the plea of having been elsewhere when an action took place," from Latin alibi "elsewhere, somewhere else," locative of alius "(an)other" (see alias (adv.)). The weakened sense of "excuse" is attested since 1912, but technically any proof of innocence that doesn't involve being "elsewhere" is an excuse, not an alibi.