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

 

gallows

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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 Origin Old 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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