Definition of gallows noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡæləʊz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæloʊz//
(pl. gallows)
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a structure on which people, for example criminals, are killed by hanging to send a man to the gallows (= to send him to his death by hanging) The public were waiting to see the hated hangman swing from his own gallows. Word OriginOld English galga, gealga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch galg and German Galgen; reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse gálgi.
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