a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
verb (used with object), gibbeted, gibbeting.
to hang on a gibbet.
to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
to hold up to public scorn.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club Unabridged
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gibbet (ˈdʒɪbɪt)
1.  a.  a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
 b.  a gallows
2.  to put to death by hanging on a gibbet
3.  to hang (a corpse) on a gibbet
4.  to expose to public ridicule
[C13: from Old French gibet gallows, literally: little cudgel, from gibe cudgel; of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "gallows," from O.Fr. gibet, dim. of gibe "club," perhaps from Frankish. *gibb "forked stick." The verb meaning "to kill by hanging" is from 1640s.
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Example sentences
The gibbet has only increased his glory and made him a martyr.
The gibbet was enclosed by a rope into which nobody was admitted but tbo clergy, officers and reporters.
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