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

Definition of prisoner

  1. 1 :  a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; especially :  one on trial or in prison

  2. 2 :  someone restrained as if in prison a prisoner of her own conscience

Examples of prisoner in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of prisoner from the Web

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First Known Use of prisoner

14th century



PRISONER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

prisoner

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

Definition of prisoner for Students

  1. :  a person who has been captured or locked up


Law Dictionary

prisoner

noun pris·on·er

Legal Definition of prisoner

  1. :  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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