Pronunciation /ˈalɪbʌɪ/
noun alibis
1 A claim or piece of evidence that one was elsewhere when an act, typically a criminal one, is alleged to have taken place.
1.1 informal An excuse or pretext.

verb alibis, alibiing, alibied
[with object]informal
Provide an alibi for.

Late 17th century (as an adverb in the sense ‘elsewhere’): from Latin, ‘elsewhere’. The noun use dates from the late 18th century.


Harry had the “perfect” alibi, being in jail at the time of the robbery.

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