Meaning of alibi

al•i•bi

Pronunciation: (al'u-bī"), [key]
— n., pl. v. -bis,
—n.
  1. the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere at the time an alleged offense was committed.
  2. an excuse, esp. to avoid blame.
  3. a person used as one's excuse: My sick grandmother was my alibi for missing school.
—v.i.
  1. to give an excuse; offer a defense: to alibi for being late.
—v.t.
  1. He alibied his friend out of a fix.
    1. to provide an alibi for (someone):He alibied his friend out of a fix.
    2. to make or find (one's way) by using alibis:to alibi one's way out of work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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