Latin sententia 'feeling, opinion, sentence', from sentire; SENTIENT
1SLGa group of words that usually contains a subject and a verb, and expresses a complete idea. Sentences written in English begin with a capital letter and usually end with afull stop or aquestion mark:
In a few short sentences, Quinn explained what he had done.
2SCLa punishment that a judge gives to someone who is guilty of a crimeCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS jail/prison sentence receive/be given a sentence impose a sentence on somebodyformal pass sentence (=officially say what a punishment will be) stiff/heavy/long sentence (=a long time in prison) light/short sentence (=a short time in prison) life sentence (=the punishment of being in prison for the rest of your life) death sentence suspended sentence (=a sentence that someone serves only if they commit another crime) custodial sentenceBritish English (=the punishment of spending time in prison) serve a sentence (=spend time in prison) carry a sentence (of something) (=used to say what the usual punishment is for a crime)