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stalag

[ stal-uhg; German shtah-lahk ]
/ ˈstæl əg; German ˈʃtɑ lɑk /
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noun

a World War II German military camp housing prisoners of war of enlisted ranks.

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Origin of stalag

First recorded in 1940–45; from German, short for Sta(mm)lag(er), equivalent to Stamm “cadre, main body” + Lager “camp”
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British Dictionary definitions for stalag

stalag
/ (ˈstælæɡ, German ˈʃtalak) /

noun

a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War II, esp for noncommissioned officers and other ranks
short for Stammlager base camp, from Stamm base (related to stem 1) + Lager camp
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