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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English prisoner, from Old French prisonier (compare Medieval Latin prisōnārius), equivalent to prison +‎ -er.

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prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. A person incarcerated in a prison, while on trial or serving a sentence.
  2. Any person held against their will.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0105:
      Captain Edward Carlisle, soldier as he was, martinet as he was, felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, her alluring smile ; he could not tell what this prisoner might do.

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Etymology 1Edit

Form prisounen +‎ -er.

NounEdit

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. one who imprisons (others); a jailer

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Old French prisonier; equivalent to prisoun +‎ -er.

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /priˈzoːnər/, /ˈprizɔnər/

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prisoner (plural prisoners or prisoneres)

  1. prisoner
  2. captive, prisoner of war
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