prisoner of war


noun

a person who is captured and held by an enemy during war, especially a member of the armed forces. Abbreviation: POW

Origin of prisoner of war

First recorded in 1670–80
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prisoner of war

noun

a person, esp a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of warAbbreviation: POW

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