Definition of prisoner
1 : a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; especially : one on trial or in prison
2 : someone restrained as if in prison a prisoner of her own conscience
Examples of prisoner in a sentence
He was captured by rebel forces and kept as their prisoner for several months before they set him free.
The families were held prisoner for four days.
First Known Use of prisoner
PRISONER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of prisoner for English Language Learners
: a person who is kept in a prison
: a person who has been captured and is being kept somewhere
PRISONER Defined for Kids
Definition of prisoner for Students
: a person who has been captured or locked up
Legal Definition of prisoner
: a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; especially : one under arrest, awaiting trial, on trial, or serving a prison sentence
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