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Webster 1913 Edition


Prisoner

Pris′on-er

,
Noun.
[F.
prisonnier
.]
1.
One who is confined in a prison.
Piers Plowman.
2.
A person under arrest, or in custody, whether in prison or not; a person held in involuntary restraint; a captive;
as, a
prisoner
at the bar of a court
.
Bouvier.
Prisoner
of Hope thou art, – look up and sing.
Keble.
Prisoner’s base
.
See
Base
,
Noun.
, 24.

Webster 1828 Edition


Prisoner

PRIS'ONER

,
Noun.
One who is confined in a prison by legal arrest or warrant.
1.
A person under arrest or in custody of the sheriff, whether in prison or not; as a prisoner at the bar of a court.
2.
A captive; one taken by an enemy in war.
3.
One whose liberty is restrained, as a bird in a cage.

Definition 2022


prisoner

prisoner

English

Noun

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

Noun

prisoner (plural prisoners)

  1. prisoner