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prisoner definition

Overview

This page has 5 definitions of prisoner in English and Middle English. Prisoner is a noun. Also define these 9 related words and terms: incarcerate, prison, trial, sentence, imprison, jailer, prisoner, captive, and prisoner of war.

English prisoner definition

Etymology

From Middle English prisoner, from Old French prisonier (compare Medieval Latin prisōnārius), equivalent to prison +‎ -er.

Pronunciation

Noun

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. A person incarcerated in a prison, while on trial or serving a sentence.
  2. Any person held against their will.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0105:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.

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Middle English prisoner definition

Etymology 1

Form prisounen +‎ -er.

Noun

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. one who imprisons (others); a jailer

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Old French prisonier; equivalent to prisoun +‎ -er.

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Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /priˈzoːnər/, /ˈprizɔnər/

Noun

prisoner (plural prisoners or prisoneres)

  1. prisoner
  2. captive, prisoner of war
    • Prisoner Of War definition
      A soldier or combatant who is captured by the enemy. Abbreviations POW, PW.
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