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

      

    prisoner

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈprɪznə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɪznər//
     
    Prison
     
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  1. 1  a person who is kept in prison as a punishment, or while they are waiting for trial The number of prisoners serving life sentences has fallen. They are demanding the release of all political prisoners. See related entries: Prison
  2. 2  a person who has been captured, for example by an enemy, and is being kept somewhere He was taken prisoner by rebel soldiers. They are holding her prisoner and demanding a large ransom. (figurative) She is afraid to go out and has become a virtual prisoner in her own home. (figurative) He was a prisoner of his own ignorance.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French prisonier, from prison, from Latin prensio(n-), variant of prehensio(n-) ‘laying hold of’, from the verb prehendere.Extra examples Many soldiers were taken prisoner. Over 2 million prisoners are currently incarcerated in the US. The former prisoner of conscience was elected president of the new democracy. They had captured over 100 prisoners. They were allowed only limited contact with their fellow prisoners. They were kept prisoner for eight months in a tiny flat. Without a wheelchair, she is a virtual prisoner in her own home. They are demanding the release of all political prisoners.
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