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[tahy-bern] /ˈtaɪ bərn/
a former place of public execution in London, England. Unabridged
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  • Silas accompanied the condemned men to Tyburn, and saw the gallows for the first time.

  • Wallace was finally taken and executed as a traitor at Tyburn, 1305.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • The Tyburn procession survived till towards the end of the eighteenth century.

  • To-morrow, was it not, that you were to journey to Tyburn and from thence across the Styx?

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • When the end came, his sentence to be hanged at Tyburn was commuted by the king to beheadal at Tower Hill.

    Milton's England Lucia Ames Mead
  • Had he been at Tyburn he could scarce have met with more attention.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They were all found guilty of riot and rebellion, and sentenced to death at Tyburn.

  • On May 5th, 1760, he was driven from the Tower to Tyburn in a landau drawn by six horses.

    Bygone Punishments William Andrews
  • Wolman was drawn through Cornhill and Cheapside to the gallows at Tyburn, where he was "hanged and beheaded."

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • The channel of the Tyburn, now a sewer, passes under the palace.

    The Strand District Sir Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for Tyburn


(formerly) a place of execution in London, on the River Tyburn (a tributary of the Thames, now entirely below ground)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Tyburn

place of public execution for Middlesex from c.1200 to 1783; it stood at the junction of modern Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Edgware Road.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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