[ kap-ter ]
/ ˈkæp tər /


a person who has captured a person or thing.

Origin of captor

1640–50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for captor


/ (ˈkæptə) /


a person or animal that holds another captive

Word Origin for captor

C17: from Latin, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for captor



1680s, from Latin captor "a catcher," agent noun from captus, past participle of capere "to take" (see capable). Earlier it meant "censor" (1640s). Fem. form captress recorded from 1867.

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