Definition of inmate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪnmeɪt/


1A person living in an institution such as a prison or hospital: inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary
More example sentences
  • In recent times, actions against prison authorities by inmates have become increasingly common.
  • The next crime for which I would sanction the death penalty is the murder of either a prison officer or another inmate whilst serving a life sentence.
  • It is a prison that does not require these new powers to allow prison officers to control inmates.
patient, inpatient, hospital case;
resident, inhabitant, occupant
informal jailbird, con
British informal lag
North American informal yardbird
1.1 archaic One of several occupants of a house.
Example sentences
  • When asked about reality television she tells me she was interested in Big Brother when Germaine Greer was an inmate of the house.
  • There is a wonderful scene at the start of Lukas Moodysson's film when the inmates of the house argue about the washing up.
  • The interiors of these houses and their inmates corresponded with the exteriors.


Late 16th century (denoting a person who shared a house, specifically a lodger or subtenant): probably originally from inn + mate1, later associated with in.

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