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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
References in classic literature ?
I had four, but two were killed, one is a prisoner, and I'm going to the other, who is very sick in a Washington hospital.
The carpenter had once been a prisoner in Andersonville prison and had lost a brother.
He had been fond of believing, from the uncommon forbearance of the savages, that he was reserved as a prisoner to be delivered to Montcalm.
The judge bowed toward the probation officer, and she beckoned the prisoner to her.
Towards Spring, we were frequently harassed by Indians; and, in May, 1782, a party assaulted Ashton's station, killed one man, and took a Negro prisoner.
The only members of the family known to be extant were, first, the Judge himself, and a single surviving son, who was now travelling in Europe; next, the thirty years' prisoner, already alluded to, and a sister of the latter, who occupied, in an extremely retired manner, the House of the Seven Gables, in which she had a life-estate by the will of the old bachelor.
But on one side of the portal, and rooted almost at the threshold, was a wild rose-hush, covered, in this month of June, with its delicate gems, which might be imagined to offer their fragrance and fragile beauty to the prisoner as he went in, and to the condemned criminal as he came forth to his doom, in token that the deep heart of Nature could pity and be kind to him.
It was connected with the tragical story of the unfortunate Andre, who had been taken prisoner hard by; and was universally known by the name of Major Andre's tree.
How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?
Connor was under the doctor's care, the lawyer explained briefly, and if his Honor would hold the prisoner for a week--"Three hundred dollars," said his Honor, promptly.
Wilson, if the Indians should come and take you a prisoner away from your wife and children, and want to keep you all your life hoeing corn for them, if you'd think it your duty to abide in the condition in which you were called.
If my esteemed neighbor, the State's ambassador, who will devote his days to the settlement of the question of human rights in the Council Chamber, instead of being threatened with the prisons of Carolina, were to sit down the prisoner of Massachusetts, that State which is so anxious to foist the sin of slavery upon her sister--though at present she can discover only an act of inhospitality to be the ground of a quarrel with her--the Legislature would not wholly waive the subject of the following winter.