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Definitions for prisoner
ˈprɪz ə nər, ˈprɪz nərpris·on·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prisoner, captivenoun

    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war


  1. prisonernoun

    A person incarcerated in a prison, while on trial or serving a sentence.

  2. prisonernoun

    Any person held against his or her will.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prisonernoun

    Etymology: prisonnier, Fr.

    Cesar’s ill-erected tower,
    To whose flint bosom my condemned lord
    Is doomed a prisoner. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    The most pernicious infection, next the plague, is the smell of the jail, when prisoners have been long and close, and nastily kept. Francis Bacon.

    He that is tied with one slender string, such as one resolute struggle would break, he is prisoner only to his own sloth, and who will pity his thraldom. Decay of Piety.

    A prisoner is troubled, that he cannot go whither he would; and he that is at large is troubled, that he does not know whither to go. Roger L'Estrange.

    So oft as homeward I from her depart,
    I go like one that having lost the field,
    Is prisoner led away with heavy heart. Edmund Spenser.

    There succeeded an absolute victory for the English, the taking of the Spanish general d’Ocampo prisoner, with the loss of few of the English. Francis Bacon.

    He yielded on my word,
    And as my pris’ner, I restore his sword. Dryden.

    Tribune, a guard to seize the empress straight,
    Secure her person pris’ner to the state. Dryden.


  1. Prisoner

    A prisoner (also known as an inmate or detainee) is a person who is deprived of liberty against their will. This can be by confinement, captivity, or forcible restraint. The term applies particularly to serving a prison sentence in a prison.


  1. prisoner

    A prisoner is an individual who has been confined or imprisoned due to being convicted or suspected of committing a crime. This confinement, generally in a prison or similar correctional facility, restricts the individual's freedoms as a form of punishment and societal protection. The period of imprisonment can vary, based on the severity of the crime committed and the legal sentencing guidelines in the relevant jurisdiction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prisonernoun

    one who is confined in a prison

  2. Prisonernoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [F. prisonnier.]


  1. Prisoner

    Prisoner is an Australian soap opera that is set in the Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional women's prison. In The United States and United Kingdom it was billed as Prisoner: Cell Block H, and in Canada as Caged Women. The series was produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation in Australia, and aired on Network Ten, running 692 episodes from 27 February 1979 to 11 December 1986, after originally only devised as a 16 part mini-series. The series was inspired by British television drama Within These Walls, which had achieved moderate success in Australia. Prisoner producers even approached Googie Withers of Within These Walls to play the role of Prisoner's governor, an offer that she declined. Because of an injunction brought by UK-based ATV, which considered the title too similar to their own series, The Prisoner, it was originally not possible for overseas broadcasters to screen the show under the Prisoner title, which necessitated a name change. In March 2012, it was announced that the series would be "reimagined" on Foxtel in a new version entitled Wentworth.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'prisoner' in Nouns Frequency: #985

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prisoner in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prisoner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of prisoner in a Sentence

  1. Fyodor Dostoevsky:

    The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.

  2. Eduard Basurin:

    Eighty percent of Debaltseve is already ours, a cleanup of the town is under way.Kiev's military denied the town, which had a peacetime population of 25,000 but is now a bombed-out wasteland, had fallen but acknowledged losing control of some of it. Some Ukrainian soldiers had been captured, it said, but denied rebel reports that up to 300 had surrendered or been taken prisoner. Kiev and NATO say the rebel military operation to take Debaltseve is being carried out with the assistance of tanks, artillery and soldiers from Russia's army. Moscow denies that it has sent its forces to participate in battle for territory that President Vladimir Putin has referred to as.

  3. French President Emmanuel Macron:

    This morning ... we were able to neutralize 33 terrorists, take one prisoner and free two Malian gendarmes who had been held hostage.

  4. Congressman Gohmert:

    Dr. Gold is the definition of what a political prisoner looks like -- something I never thought I'd see here in the United States of America.

  5. Nile Gardiner:

    There is now a belief on the part of ISIS that there will be a negotiated release, prisoner swaps taking place … this is an extremely dangerous development.

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