Associations to the word «Hostage»

Wiktionary

HOSTAGE, noun. A person given as a pledge or security for the performance of the conditions of a treaty or stipulations of any kind, on the performance of which the person is to be released.
HOSTAGE NEGOTIATOR, noun. (politics) (legal) A person who negotiates with a person, or groups of persons, for the release of a person, or groups of persons.
HOSTAGE NEGOTIATORS, noun. Plural of hostage negotiator
HOSTAGE TAKER, noun. Alternative spelling of hostage-taker
HOSTAGE TAKERS, noun. Plural of hostage taker

Dictionary definition

HOSTAGE, noun. A prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms.

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats