A prison inmate.
A person who is serving a five-year sentence in prison for robbery is an example of an inmate.
- Archaic a person living with others in the same building
- a person confined in a prison or mental institution
Origin of inmatein- + mate
- 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