Definition of prisoner of war noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


prisoner of war

BrE BrE//ˌprɪznər əv ˈwɔː(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɪznər əv ˈwɔːr//
(pl. prisoners of war) (abbreviation POW) Prison, Conflict
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a person, usually a member of the armed forces, who is captured by the enemy during a war and kept in a prison camp until the war has finished After several more months as a prisoner of war, he escaped again. See related entries: Prison, Conflict
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