- a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.
- Archaic. a person who dwells with others in the same house.
Origin of inmate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for inmate
In none of the weddings Joplin has performed did the inmate have more than five years to serve.
The woman had accompanied a friend who was visiting her boyfriend when she met the inmate she would marry.
The last federal position he held was Inmate--he served more than eight years for his inventive approach to acquiring money.Election Day In The Big Sleazy
November 2, 2014
However, if an inmate cannot find a job, he should expect to sleep outside with other homeless inmates.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
Yet in the federal system in 2010, more than 75 percent of that money went to inmate wages.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
And to interfere with the inmate of a harem is just about impossible.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Her name was Lucie Druon, and she was an inmate of an orphan asylum.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
May peace be an inmate of his bosom, and rapture a frequent visitor of his soul!The Letters of Robert Burns
It sounded as though the inmate had knocked over the table and chairs.
If it keeps up tomorrow night we could rescue every inmate in the sanitarium.
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for inmate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper