American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A resident of a dwelling that houses a number of occupants, especially a person confined to an institution, such as a prison or hospital.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is a mate or associate in the occupancy of a place; hence, an indweller; an associated lodger or inhabitant: as, the inmates of a dwelling-house, factory, hospital, or prison.
- Dwelling in the same place; residing jointly.
- n. A person confined to an institution such as a prison (as a convict) or hospital (as a patient)
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who lives in the same house or apartment with another; a fellow lodger one who occupies or lodges in any place or dwelling.
- adj. rare Admitted as a dweller; resident; internal.
- n. a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated
- n. a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
- n. one of several resident of a dwelling (especially someone confined to a prison or hospital)
- From inn + mate, or from in- + mate. (Wiktionary)
“This inmate is a recidivist of long standing and has no trouble in adjusting to prison routines ...”
“This officer indicates that the inmate is a mature, fairly stable individual in whose life the prison sentence is an isolated incident.”
“Wisconsin inmate can't play Dungeons & Dragons - Seems that this inmate, down for life due to first-degree murder, has been banned form playing D&D (well, now it's everyone there, of course).”
“Does he really think “steal [ing] hubcaps or whatever” describes what the typical prison inmate is in there for?”
“An inmate is not a resident of his former district.”
“Sure, we write about a lot of the good things that are happening in prison," says Aly Tamboura, the technical editor of the San Quentin News and a relatively shorter-term inmate than many of his colleagues.”
“An South Carolinian inmate is suing Vick, and had some pretty damning evidence to back up his claims: Jonathan Lee Riches filed the handwritten complaint over "theft and abuse of my animals" on July 23 in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va.”
“One inmate is now a healthy woman who was picked from the street with her hand all swollen, infected and with worms.”
“But today I kinda wanted to travel home looking like a successful lecturer rather than an inmate from a home who forgot his bib whilst having breakfast.”
“The caller was an inmate from a nearby prison with a list of complaints.”
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