[stal-uh g; German shtah-lahk]
a World War II German military camp housing prisoners of war of enlisted ranks.
Origin of stalag
1940–45; < German, short for Sta(mm)lag(er), equivalent to Stamm cadre, main body + Lager camp
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a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, esp for noncommissioned officers and other ranks
Word Origin for stalag
short for Stammlager base camp, from Stamm base (related to stem 1) + Lager camp
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"German POW camp," 1940, from German Stalag, short for stammlager "main camp," from Old High German stam "stem," from Proto-Germanic *stamniz (see stem (n.)).
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