prisoner

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. A person incarcerated in a prison, while on trial or serving a sentence.
  2. Any person held against their will.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      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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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Form prisounen +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. one who imprisons (others); a jailer

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Old French prisonier.

Noun[edit]

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. prisoner