The definition of gallows are a framework or support used for hanging people.(noun)
An example of gallows are nooses hanging from trees meant to hang people convicted of crimes.
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Origin: ME galwes, pl. of galwe < OE galga, akin to Ger galgen < IE base *ĝhalgh-, pliant tree branch > Lith žalgà, long, thin pole: the earliest gallows was a pulled-down branch that carried the victim with it when allowed to spring up
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noun pl. gallows gallows or gal·lows·es
Origin: Middle English galwes
Origin: , pl. of galwe, gallows
Origin: , from Old English gealga, galga.
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