prisoner - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    someone who is in prison as punishment for a crime

    Security staff will escort the prisoners to the scene of the crime.

    1. a.
      someone who is being kept in a prison during a war, or for political reasons

      a political prisoner

      take someone prisoner:

      He was taken prisoner during the battle on 6 June.

  2. 2
    someone who has no freedom because their life is controlled by something or someone

    a prisoner of drugs/poverty

    She felt like a prisoner in her own home.