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pris·on·er

 (prĭz′ə-nər, prĭz′nər)
n.
1. A person held in custody, captivity, or a condition of forcible restraint, especially while on trial or serving a prison sentence.
2. One deprived of freedom of expression or action: "He was a prisoner of his own personality—of that given set of traits that ... predisposed him to see the world in a certain way, to make certain moves, certain choices" (William H. Hallahan).
Idiom:
take no prisoners
1. To kill all of an enemy or a population.
2. To be ruthless or unrestrained, as in an undertaking: "Grandmother was both very pretty and very mouthy. She took no prisoners" (Nicki Giovanni).

prisoner

(ˈprɪzənə)
n
1. (Law) a person deprived of liberty and kept in prison or some other form of custody as a punishment for a crime, while awaiting trial, or for some other reason
2. a person confined by any of various restraints: we are all prisoners of time.
3. take no prisoners informal to be uncompromising and resolute in one's actions
4. take someone prisoner to capture and hold someone as a prisoner, esp as a prisoner of war

pris•on•er

(ˈprɪz ə nər, ˈprɪz nər)

n.
1. a person confined in prison or kept in custody, esp. as the result of legal process.
2. a person or thing deprived of liberty or kept in restraint.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prisoner - a person who is confinedprisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
convict, yard bird, yardbird, con, inmate - a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
detainee, political detainee - some held in custody
hostage, surety - a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
internee - a person who is interned; "the internees were enemy aliens and suspected terrorists"
political prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political views
POW, prisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war

prisoner

noun
1. convict, con (slang), lag (slang), jailbird the large number of prisoners sharing cells
2. captive, hostage, detainee, internee wartime hostages and concentration-camp prisoners
Quotations
"Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts" [Nelson Mandela]
Translations
سَجينسَجِيـن
vězeň-kyně
fange
vanki
zatvorenikzatvorenica
rab
fangi
囚人捕虜とりこ
죄수
ujetnikzapornik
fånge
ผู้ถูกขัง
phạm nhân

prisoner

[ˈprɪznəʳ] N
1. (under arrest) → detenido/a m/f; (in court) → acusado/a m/f; (convicted) → preso/a m/f, reo/a m/f (Mil) → prisionero/a m/f
prisoner of consciencepreso/a m/f de conciencia
to hold sb prisonerdetener a algn
to keep sb (a) prisonertener retenido a algn, tener prisionero a algn
to take sb prisonertomar preso a algn, hacer prisionero a algn
prisoner of warprisionero/a m/f de guerra, preso/a m/f de guerra
to take no prisonersno andarse con miramientos, ir a por todas
see also bar A6
see also political B
2. (fig) → preso/a m/f, prisionero/a m/f

prisoner

[ˈprɪzər] n
(in jail)prisonnier/ière m/f
the prisoner at the bar → l'accusé(e)
(also prisoner of war) → prisonnier/ière m/f
to take sb prisoner → faire qn prisonnier/ière m/f
to be taken prisoner → être fait prisonnier/ière m/f
to hold sb prisoner → retenir qn prisonnier/ière m/fprisoner of conscience nprisonnier/ière m/f de conscienceprisoner of war nprisonnier/ière m/f de guerreprison guard n (US)gardien(ne) m/f de prisonprison inmate nprisonnier/ière m/fprison officer ngardien(ne) m/f de prisonprison sentence npeine f de prisonprison warder ngardien(ne) m/f de prison

prisoner

n
(lit, fig)Gefangene(r) mf; to hold or keep somebody prisonerjdn gefangen halten; to take somebody prisonerjdn gefangen nehmen; to take no prisoners (fig)keine Gefangenen machen; prisoner of warKriegsgefangene(r) mf; prisoner of war camp(Kriegs)gefangenenlager nt
(Jur: under arrest) → Festgenommene(r) mf; (facing charge, at the bar) → Angeklagte(r) mf

prisoner

[ˈprɪznəʳ] n (under arrest) → arrestato/a; (convicted) → detenuto/a (Mil) (fig) → prigioniero/a
the prisoner at the bar → l'accusato/a, l'imputato/a
to take sb prisoner → far prigioniero/a qn

prison

(ˈprizn) noun
a building in which criminals are kept; a jail. He was sent to prison; He is in prison.
ˈprisoner noun
anyone who has been captured and is held against his will as a criminal, in a war etc. The prisoners escaped from jail.
prisoner of warplural prisoners of war
– a member of the armed forces captured in a war.
take/keep/hold prisoner
to (capture and) confine (a person) against his will. Many soldiers were killed and the rest taken prisoner; She was kept prisoner in a locked room.

prisoner

سَجِيـن vězeň fange Häftling φυλακισμένος prisionero vanki prisonnier zatvorenik prigioniero 囚人 죄수 gevangene innsatt więzień prisioneiro арестант fånge ผู้ถูกขัง mahkum phạm nhân 囚犯
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And, again, the chief lawyers for the prosecution and the defense, following the Judge's example, had revised their speeches for and against the prisoner.
The poison was alleged to have been wickedly and feloniously given by the prisoner to his wife Sara, on two occasions, in the form of arsenic, administered in tea, medicine, "or other article or articles of food or drink, to the prosecutor unknown.
On the previous day, the prisoner had purchased strychnine at the village chemist's shop, wearing a disguise by means of which he hoped to throw the onus of the crime upon another man--to wit, Mrs.
Philips wagged an expressive forefinger--the prisoner was not aware of that.
According to custom, the prisoner was without a light.
And, this being the prison, and you the jailer, it is my duty to place the prisoner in your charge.
It was a leisure moment with the court; some low whispering passed between the bench and the sheriff, who gave a signal to his officers, and in a very few minutes the silence that prevailed was interrupted by a general movement in the outer crowd, when presently the Leather-Stocking made his appearance, ushered into the criminal’s bar under the custody of two constables, The hum ceased, the people closed into the open space again, and the silence soon became so deep that the hard breathing of the prisoner was audible.
Two gaolers, who had been standing there, wont out, and the prisoner was brought in, and put to the bar.
was a prisoner, and that another man had been bayoneted in the back before his eyes, for hardly had he run into the redoubt before a thin, sallow-faced, perspiring man in a blue uniform rushed on him sword in hand, shouting something.
It was, as we have said, the 1st of March, and the prisoner was soon buried in darkness.
Who ever heard of getting a prisoner loose in such an old- maidy way as that?
Olivain had ready the horses of the young men, and the lackeys of the Count de Guiche guarded carefully between them the Spanish prisoner, mounted on a pony which had been bought for his use.