noun pris·on·er \ˈpriz-nər, ˈpri-zən-ər\

: a person who is kept in a prison

: a person who has been captured and is being kept somewhere

Full Definition of PRISONER

:  a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; especially :  one on trial or in prison
:  someone restrained as if in prison <a prisoner of her own conscience>

Examples of PRISONER

  1. He was captured by rebel forces and kept as their prisoner for several months before they set him free.
  2. The families were held prisoner for four days.

First Known Use of PRISONER

14th century
PRISONER Defined for Kids


noun pris·on·er \ˈpri-zən-ər, ˈpriz-nər\

Definition of PRISONER for Kids

:  a person who has been captured or locked up


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