Definition of hostage-taker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒstɪdʒ teɪkə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːstɪdʒ teɪkər//
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a person, often one of a group, who captures somebody and holds them prisoner, and who may injure or kill them if people do not do what the person is asking The hostage-takers soon issued their demands.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hostage-taker