sta·​lag ˈstä-ˌläg How to pronounce stalag (audio)
: a German prison camp for noncommissioned officers or enlisted men

Examples of stalag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Request Reprint Permissions There are worse places to begin a search for the sources of Egypt's current political earthquake than in the company of a middle-aged French soldier imprisoned in a German stalag during World War II. Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Affairs, 10 Feb. 2011 To keep captive spirits up in the stalag, the prisoners staged makeshift plays. Robert D. McFadden, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2017

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Word History


German, short for Stammlager base camp, from Stamm base + Lager camp

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stalag was in 1940

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“Stalag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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