- Law. the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense was committed.
- an excuse, especially to avoid blame.
- a person used as one's excuse: My sick grandmother was my alibi for missing school.
- Informal. to give an excuse; offer a defense: to alibi for being late.
- 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
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Related Wordsexcuse, justification, pretext, case, account, avowal, cover, retort, explanation, vindication, profession, assertion, plea, reason, affirmation, statement, declaration, answer, reply, stall
Examples from the Web for alibi
“Tex-Mex for decades was ascendant,” Arellano told the The Weekly Alibi in 2012.The Next Big Cuisine of 2014 Is ... Tex-Mex?
January 25, 2014
On the night of the attack, detectives interviewed Claudia Haro, but she denied any involvement and provided them with an alibi.Did Joe Pesci’s Ex Hire a Hitman?
April 11, 2012
The complaint alleges the lunch was merely to establish an alibi.DSK Maid’s Lawyers Launch Civil Suit
August 8, 2011
While the agents did verify that Tessier made the collect call he said he did, the ticket blew a huge hole in his alibi.Child-Murder Arrest After 53 Years
August 6, 2011
But like Knox, Sabrina changed her story several times and her alibi has yet to be corroborated.Knox's Grisly Successor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2010
You ain't been to court much, I presume likely, Perfessor, so you may not be on to what alibi is.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
But he had an alibi all the time, my child; an unanswerable alibi which he preferred to withhold.The Snare
All of which made for the impression, fantastic or not, of the alibi.The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2
Did he supply an alibi so neatly because of that shadowy head on the door panel?The Million-Dollar Suitcase
McCarren had to own himself beaten: there was absolutely no flaw in the alibi.
- 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
- informal an excuse
- (tr) to provide with an 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.