noun Date: 1580 any of a group occupying a single place of residence; especially a person confined (as in a prison or hospital)

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  • inmate — in·mate / in ˌmāt/ n: a person confined in an institution (as a prison or hospital) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. inmate …   Law dictionary

  • Inmate — In mate ([i^]n m[=a]t ), n. [In + mate an associate.] One who lives in the same house or apartment with another; a fellow lodger; esp., one of the occupants of an asylum, hospital, or prison; by extension, one who occupies or lodges in any place… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inmate — In mate , a. Admitted as a dweller; resident; internal. [R.] Inmate guests. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inmate — (n.) 1580s, one allowed to live in a house rented by another (usually for a consideration), from IN (Cf. in) inside + MATE (Cf. mate) companion. Sense of one confined to an institution is first attested 1834 …   Etymology dictionary

  • inmate — ► NOUN ▪ a person living in an institution such as a prison or hospital. ORIGIN originally denoting a lodger or subtenant; probably from INN(Cf. ↑inn) + MATE(Cf. ↑mate) …   English terms dictionary

  • inmate — [in′māt΄] n. [ IN 1 + MATE1] a person living with others in the same building, now esp. one confined with others in a prison or mental institution …   English World dictionary

  • inmate — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ fellow ▪ former ▪ a former inmate of an Ohio prison ▪ new ▪ young ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • inmate — n. a prison inmate * * * [ ɪnmeɪt] a prison inmate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inmate — UK [ˈɪnˌmeɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms inmate : singular inmate plural inmates someone who is kept in a prison, mental hospital, or other institution …   English dictionary

  • inmate — /in mayt /, n. 1. a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc. 2. Archaic. a person who dwells with others in the same house. [1580 90; IN 1 + MATE1] * * * …   Universalium

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