Definition of Prisoner of war

1. Noun. A person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war.

Exact synonyms: Pow
Generic synonyms: Captive, Prisoner

Definition of Prisoner of war

1. Noun. A soldier or combatant who is captured by the enemy. Abbreviations (term POW), (term PW). ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prisoner Of War

prison chaser
prison chasers
prison farm
prison gang
prison gangs
prison guard
prison guards
prison house
prison labor
prison term
prisoner's base
prisoner of war (current term)
prisoner of war camp
prisoner of war censorship
prisoners of war

Literary usage of Prisoner of war

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Chronological History of the West Indies by Thomas Southey (1827)
"Every officer or soldier of militia, and every other inhabitant, who, after this proclamation, shall be found in arms, shall be treated as a prisoner of war ..."

2. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty (1883)
"The prisoner of war therefore retains a right to dispose of ? 220. TW- his property, particularly in case of death: and, as there is ta™ent of • nothing in ..."

3. The History of England: From the Invasion of Julius Cæsar, to the Revolution by David Hume (1811)
"... considered as a prisoner of war. Washington con- y^-vL, a deserter from the British service, and therefore could CHAP. tended, that having resigned his ..."

4. Who's who in America by Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1901)
"... promoted to officer colored soldiers; apptd. by Gov't asst. supt. of negro labor In La., 1863: captured by Confederates; prisoner of war 13 months; m. ..."

5. Records Relating to American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the edited by Charles E. Schamel (1997)
"RG 338 Records of US Army Commands, 1941- Records of the US Army 22d Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee Information Center ..."

6. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography by Historical Society of Pennsylvania (1910)
"... WHILE A prisoner of war, 1777-1778. BY MARY T. EVANS. [John McKinly, the first President of Delaware under the Constitution of 1776, was born in Ireland ..."

7. A Digest of the International Law of the United States: Taken from Documents by Francis Wharton (1887)
"... "A prisoner of war who escapee may be shot, or otherwise, killed iu his flight; but neither death nor any other punishment shall be inflicted upon him ..."

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