Used to a prisoner in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and possibly in modern times to those held in custody. Nurse is a Neighbour, by Joanna Jones, quotes ‘Prisoner at the bar’, a phrase associated with old-fashioned court-room dramas. In The Word Child, by Iris Murdoch, a man who is hanging on to a girl tells her ‘You’re my prisoner’, and soon afterwards says: ‘Come along, prisoner.’

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  • Prisoner — may refer to one of the following: * A person incarcerated in a prison or jail or similar facility * Prisoner of war, a soldier in wartime, held as by an enemy * Political prisoner, someone held in prison for their ideology * A person forcibly… …   Wikipedia

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  • prisoner — pris·on·er n: a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody; esp: one under arrest, awaiting trial, on trial, or serving a prison sentence Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996.… …   Law dictionary

  • prisoner — 14c., from Fr. prisonnier (12c.), from prisoun (see PRISON (Cf. prison)). Captives taken in war were called prisoners since mid 14c.; phrase prisoner of war dates from 1670s (see also POW (Cf. POW)). Prisoner s dilemma attested from 1957 …   Etymology dictionary

  • prisoner — prisoner, captive both denote one who is deprived of his liberty. Prisoner is the general term, applicable to anyone so deprived, but it is frequently used in a more specific sense, and applied to one who is confined to a prison or held under… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prisoner — [priz′nər, priz′ən ər] n. [ME < OFr prisonier] 1. a person confined in prison, as for some crime 2. a person held in custody 3. a person captured or held captive: often in metaphorical usage [a prisoner of love] …   English World dictionary

  • prisoner — [n] person jailed for crime; person kept against his or her will captive, chain gang member, con, convict, culprit, detainee, hostage, internee, jailbird*, lag*, lifer*, loser*, tough*, yardbird*; concept 412 …   New thesaurus

  • prisoner — ► NOUN 1) a person legally committed to prison. 2) a person captured and kept confined. 3) a person trapped by circumstances. ● take no prisoners Cf. ↑take no prisoners …   English terms dictionary

  • prisoner — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ virtual ▪ Without a wheelchair, she is a virtual prisoner in her own home. ▪ political ▪ life (esp. BrE), long term (BrE) ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • prisoner — n. 1 a person kept in prison. 2 (in full prisoner at the bar) a person in custody on a criminal charge and on trial. 3 a person or thing confined by illness, another s grasp, etc. 4 (in full prisoner of war) a person who has been captured in war …   Useful english dictionary

  • prisoner */*/*/ — UK [ˈprɪz(ə)nə(r)] / US [ˈprɪz(ə)nər] noun [countable] Word forms prisoner : singular prisoner plural prisoners 1) a) someone who is in prison as punishment for a crime Security staff will escort the prisoners to the scene of the crime. b)… …   English dictionary

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