inmate

[ in-meyt ]
/ ˈɪnˌmeɪt /

noun

a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.
Archaic. a person who dwells with others in the same house.

Nearby words

  1. inlet,
  2. inlier,
  3. inline,
  4. inly,
  5. inlying,
  6. inmesh,
  7. inmigrant,
  8. inmost,
  9. inn,
  10. innage

Origin of inmate

First recorded in 1580–90; in-1 + mate1

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British Dictionary definitions for inmate

inmate

/ (ˈɪnˌmeɪt) /

noun

a person who is confined to an institution such as a prison or hospitalSee also resident (def. 2)
obsolete a person who lives with others in a house
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Word Origin and History for inmate

inmate

n.

1580s, "one allowed to live in a house rented by another" (usually for a consideration), from in "inside" + mate "companion." Sense of "one confined to an institution" is first attested 1834.

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