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prisoner of war

noun
1.
a person who is captured and held by an enemy during war, especially a member of the armed forces.
Abbreviation: POW.
Origin of prisoner of war
1670-1680
1670-80
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prisoner of war

noun
1.
a person, esp a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of war POW
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