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[in-meyt] /ˈɪnˌmeɪt/
a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.
Archaic. a person who dwells with others in the same house.
Origin of inmate
1580-90; in-1 + mate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inmate
  • Eventually exhaustion will kick in and you lose the inmate.
  • Practically, you have to write to an inmate and you have to have an invitation from him or her in writing.
  • The only white inmate in the penal system, he claims, he has been on trial for almost two years.
  • In prison he organised the killing of another inmate.
  • One day, shocked by a fellow inmate's suicide, he found himself moulding by hand a piece of chewed bread he was unable to swallow.
  • Once a furry inmate acquires a taste for human flesh, the theory went, it can never be trusted again.
  • Instead, the military is offering millions to vastly expand the center's inmate intake.
  • While in custody, inmates must use their inmate accounts for all transactions.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about inmate finances.
British Dictionary definitions for inmate


a person who is confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital See also resident (sense 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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