electric chair


a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
the penalty of legal electrocution.

Origin of electric chair

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for electric chair

  • He broke off, with a wave of his hand toward the man who had just sentenced himself to death in the electric-chair.

    Within the Law|Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun (in the US)

  1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
  2. the electric chair execution by this method
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