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prisoner of war

n. pl. prisoners of war
A person taken by or surrendering to enemy forces in wartime.

prisoner of war

n
(Military) a person, esp a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of war. Abbreviation: POW

pris′oner of war`


n.
a person who is captured and held by an enemy during war, esp. a member of the armed forces. Abbr.: POW

prisoner of war

A detained person as defined in Articles 4 and 5 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of August 12, 1949. In particular, one who, while engaged in combat under orders of his or her government, is captured by the armed forces of the enemy. As such, he or she is entitled to the combatant's privilege of immunity from the municipal law of the capturing state for warlike acts which do not amount to breaches of the law of armed conflict. For example, a prisoner of war may be, but is not limited to, any person belonging to one of the following categories who has fallen into the power of the enemy: a member of the armed forces, organized militia or volunteer corps; a person who accompanies the armed forces without actually being a member thereof; a member of a merchant marine or civilian aircraft crew not qualifying for more favorable treatment; or individuals who, on the approach of the enemy, spontaneously take up arms to resist the invading forces. Also called POW or PW.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of warprisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
Translations
سَجين حَرْب، أسير
válečný zajateczajatec
krigsfange
sotavanki
hadifogoly
stríðsfangistríîsfangi
vojnový zajatec
savaş tutsağı
бранець

prisoner of war

nprigioniero/a di guerra

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.
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But the status or rights of prisoners of war would remain closely linked to their economic value for centuries.
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The court besides issuing a notice has also directed the government to file a case in the International Court of Justice, for seeking his release, as a prisoner of war, under the Simla Agreement signed between India and Pakistan for release of the prisoners of war.
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The French diplomats said that a memorial to the prisoners of war could be built in 2018 at the latest.
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On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 from 10am to 5pm, there will be an exhibition within Belford Museum featuring the lives of the Far Eastern Prisoners of War who were forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway and the history of the Second World War in the Far East.