- 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.
inmate definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a person living with others in the same building, now esp. one confined with others in a prison or mental institution
Origin: in- plush mate
inmate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A resident of a dwelling that houses a number of occupants, especially a person confined to an institution, such as a prison or hospital.
inmate - Legal Definition
An individual confined in a correctional or psychiatric institution.