Meaning of gibbet

gib•bet

Pronunciation: (jib'it), [key]
— n., v., -bet•ed, -bet•ing.
—n.
  1. a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
—v.t.
  1. to hang on a gibbet.
  2. to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
  3. to hold up to public scorn.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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