A person with whom one shares a cell, especially in a prison.
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(ˈsɛlmeɪt) or


person with whom a prisoner shares a cell
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a fellow inmate in a prison cell.
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[ˈselmeɪt] Ncompañero/a m/f de celda
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cell-mate [ˈsɛlmeɪt] n (male)compagnon m de cellule; (female)compagne f de cellule
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