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

Origin of inmate

First recorded in 1580–90; in-1 + mate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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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