Definition of death cell in English:

death cell


  • A cell occupied by a prisoner who has been condemned to death or who awaits execution.

    • ‘Everyone is familiar with Cruikshank's great illustration of the prisoner in his death cell, ‘the night before he was stretched’.’
    • ‘He then spoke to the officials and after what appeared to some to be strong words the seven were picked out and returned to prison, but not to death cells.’
    • ‘The Bentley family's doomed struggle for a reprieve is powerfully reconstructed, as are Bentley's last days in his death cell.’
    • ‘In the Atkins trial, Scalia noted, the jury had been given testimony on the murderer's mental capacity but had regarded it as insufficient in detaining the defendant from the death cell.’
    • ‘Graffiti written by despairing men still adorns the walls of the two ‘death cells’.’