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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
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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prisoner of war

(pow, or Pw), any person captured or interned by a belligerent power during war. In the strictest sense it is applied only to members of regularly organized armed forces, but by broader definition it has also included guerrillas, civilians who take up arms against an enemy openly, or noncombatants associated with a military force

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