[priz-uh-ner, priz-ner]
a person who is confined in prison or kept in custody, especially as the result of legal process.
a person or thing that is deprived of liberty or kept in restraint.

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French. See prison, -er2 Unabridged
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prisoner (ˈprɪzənə)
1.  a person deprived of liberty and kept in prison or some other form of custody as a punishment for a crime, while awaiting trial, or for some other reason
2.  a person confined by any of various restraints: we are all prisoners of time
3.  informal take no prisoners to be uncompromising and resolute in one's actions
4.  take someone prisoner to capture and hold someone as a prisoner, esp as a prisoner of war

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Example sentences for prisoners
In essence, the prisoners did not actually adopt communist beliefs.
Prisoners were blinded, dragged behind horses, and used for target practice.
In this area, prisoners who were thought to merit individual execution received
At the end of the war, both sides released their surviving prisoners.
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