a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
to hang on a gibbet.
to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
to hold up to public scorn.
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How to use gibbet in a sentence
For years afterwards the place was known as gibbet Hill, and, indeed, the country folk still speak of it by that name.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
It was regarded with a loathing and abhorrence more intense than that in which the felons gibbet is held to-day.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
From the gibbet that rose over the western branch of the road three corpses hung by the neck.
That massive pile of stones bore at its top four iron forks fastened at right angles, gibbet-shaped.
The latter stopped first before the iron gibbet that terminated in a carcan.
British Dictionary definitions for gibbet
a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
to put to death by hanging on a gibbet
to hang (a corpse) on a gibbet
to expose to public ridicule
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