|prisoner of war|
|POW a person, esp a serviceman, captured by an enemy in time of war|
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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