Inmate meaning

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A person confined in a prison or mental institution.
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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.
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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.

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A resident of a dwelling that houses a number of occupants, especially a person confined to an institution, such as a prison or hospital.
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(archaic) A person living with others in the same building.
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An individual confined in a correctional or psychiatric institution.
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A person confined to an institution such as a prison (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient)
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Origin of inmate

  • From inn +‎ mate, or from in- +‎ mate.

    From Wiktionary