- the row of cells in a prison where murderers and other violent or hard-core criminals are held.See also death row.
- Baseball. a succession of heavy hitters scheduled to bat one after the other.
- any group of notorious or important people: a murderers' row of talent; a murderers' row of philosophers.
Examples from the Web for murderer
Murderer, lunatic, and defamer of Islam will certainly be listed in his obituaries.
“Murderer,” after failing to prevent the massacres of Lebanese civilians at the Sabra and Shatila camps in 1982.
Murderer, you hide your face, but you shall bear my mark, that I may know you when we meet again.The Duke's Motto|Justin Huntly McCarthy
Suddenly it struck Stephen the Murderer that as the student had made himself happy he ought to do as much for him.
One evening the student arrived back at Stephen the Murderer's.
Renounce the good law of the worshippers of Mazda, and thou shalt gain such a boon as the Murderer gained, the ruler of nations.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Lenz sang the “Child's Murderer,” and Adolar pounded the guitar out of shape.The Awakening of Spring|Frank Wedekind
Word Origin and History for murderer
mid-14c., alteration of murtherer (c.1300), agent noun from murder (v.); in part from Old French mordrere, from Medieval Latin murdrarius, from Germanic. Old English words for this included morðorcwalu, morðorslaga, morðorwyrhta, literally "murder-wright." The original murderer's row was in New York City's Tombs prison; figurative use in baseball dates to 1858, though the quintessential one was the 1927 New York Yankees. Fem. form murderess attested from late 14c. Murderee (1920) never caught on.