Definition of lifer in English:

lifer

Syllabification: lif·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlīfər
 
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noun

informal
  • 1A person serving a life sentence in prison.
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    • At that time there was a lifer population of some 5200 prisoners, of whom over 3700 were mandatory lifers, in prisons in England and Wales.
    • Before most lifers die in prison, they grow old, get sick, and must be cared for.
    • I meet adult prisoners, including lifers, every day in education and we all take the same classes.
  • 2North American A person who spends their life in a particular career, especially in one of the armed forces.
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    • His career as a Colgate lifer illustrates the company's determination to constantly strengthen its management bench through a combination of global job opportunities and personal development.
    • A career soldier in a family of military lifers, Dallaire was appointed to head the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in June 1993.
    • Most of the lifers think that the military lacks discipline and blame the new ‘Nintendo generation’ soldiers for the weakness.

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