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prisoner of war

Line breaks: pris|on¦er of war
(abbreviation: POW)

Definition of prisoner of war in English:

noun

A person who has been captured and imprisoned by the enemy in war.
Example sentences
  • It's the same belt buckle he wore on his uniform during the time he was a prisoner of war during World War II.
  • His own Italian grandfather had been a prisoner of war of the Americans at about the same time.
  • We are at war, and it is legal to detain and interrogate enemy prisoners of war.

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