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Definition of "gibbet" []

  • A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows. (noun)
  • An upright post with a crosspiece, forming a T-shaped structure from which executed criminals were formerly hung for public viewing. (noun)
  • To execute by hanging on a gibbet. (verb-transitive)
  • To hang on a gibbet for public viewing. (verb-transitive)
  • To expose to infamy or public ridicule. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gibbet" in a sentence
  • "This particular translation question is interesting because "gibbet" itself is inaccurate in terms of literal translation (a gibbet is a specific thing, and the Latin word does not refer to that thing but something else)."
  • "“The gibbet is a balance with a man at one end and the whole world at the other."
  • "Jesus completely represented Him, and this broken body on the gibbet was the inevitable result."