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Define the English word prisoner of war below. Prisoner of war is a noun. Examples of how to use prisoner of war in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



Calque of French prisonnier de guerre, prisonier de guerre (obsolete).[1]



prisoner of war (plural prisoners of war)

  1. A combatant or soldier who is captured by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. [from early 17th c.]
    Synonyms: (abbreviations) POW, PW
    As a prisoner of war, he was interrogated by his enemy captors.

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  1. ^ prisoner of war, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2022; “prisoner of war, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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