- The definition of an inmate is a person who is confined to an institution such as a prison or mental hospital.
A person who is serving a five-year sentence in prison for robbery is an example of an inmate.
A prison inmate.
a person living with others in the same building, now esp. one confined with others in a prison or mental institution
Origin of inmatein- + mate
A resident of a dwelling that houses a number of occupants, especially a person confined to an institution, such as a prison or hospital.
- A person confined to an institution such as a prison (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient)
- A person who occupies or dwells within a dwelling-house. The word came to be used to refer to temporary inhabitants such as guests in a hotel, students in an on-campus dormitory, patients in a hospital, or prisoners.
inmate - Legal Definition
An individual confined in a correctional or psychiatric institution.