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



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪbɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪbɪt//
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a vertical wooden structure on which criminals used to be hanged synonym gallows Word Origin Middle English: from Old French gibet ‘staff, cudgel, gallows’, diminutive of gibe ‘club, staff’, probably of Germanic origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gibbet