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[in-meyt] /ˈɪnˌmeɪt/

a person who is confined in a prison, hospital, etc.
Archaic. a person who dwells with others in the same house.
a person who is confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital See also resident (sense 2)
(obsolete) a person who lives with others in a house

1580s, “one allowed to live in a house rented by another” (usually for a consideration), from in “inside” + mate “companion.” Sense of “one confined to an institution” is first attested 1834.


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