Definitions for alibiˈæl əˌbaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

al•i•bi*ˈæl əˌbaɪ(n.)(pl.)-bis

  1. (n.)Law. the defense by an accused person of having been elsewhere when an offense was committed.

    Category: Law

  2. an excuse, esp. to avoid blame.

  3. a person used as one's excuse.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.i.)to give an excuse; offer a defense.

    Category: Informal, Usage Note

  5. (v.t.)to provide an alibi for (someone). to make or find (one's way) by using alibis.

    Category: Informal, Usage Note

* Usage: The earliest English uses of alibi are in legal contexts, both as an adverb (directly from Latin) meaning “in or at another place” and as a noun meaning “a plea of having been elsewhere.” The extended noun senses “excuse” and “person used as an excuse” developed in the 20th century in the U.S. and occur in all but the most formal writing. As a verb alibi occurs mainly in informal use.

Origin of alibi:

1720–30; < L: in or at another place

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alibi(noun)

    (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

  2. excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification(verb)

    a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

    "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

  3. alibi(verb)

    exonerate by means of an alibi

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alibi(noun)ˈæl əˌbaɪ

    proof you were not at a crime

    She has the perfect alibi for the night of the murder.

Wiktionary

  1. alibi(Noun)

    The plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi

  2. alibi(Verb)

    to provide an alibi for

  3. alibi(Verb)

    to provide an excuse for

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alibi(noun)

    the plea or mode of defense under which a person on trial for a crime proves or attempts to prove that he was in another place when the alleged act was committed; as, to set up an alibi; to prove an alibi

Freebase

  1. Alibi

    Alibi is a 1929 American crime film directed by Roland West. The screenplay was written by West and C. Gardner Sullivan, who adapted the 1927 Broadway stage play, Nightstick, written by Elaine Sterne Carrington, J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent and John Wray. Alternate titles for the film include The Perfect Alibi and Nightstick. The movie is a crime melodrama starring Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch and Eleanore Griffith. Director West experimented a great deal with sound, music, and camera angles.


Translations for alibi

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

alibi(noun)

the fact or a statement that a person accused of a crime was somewhere else when it was committed

Has he an alibi for the night of the murder?

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