[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for stalag



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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Word Origin and History for stalag

"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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