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Definition of the noun hostage

What does hostage mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: hostages

  1. a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
    • examples: He tried to brave it out while held as a hostage. | Russia expresses regret for those lost in the hostage incident. | Tom was held hostage. | He tried to be brave while he was being held hostage. | He tried to behave as bravely as possible while he was being held hostage. | It's difficult, I suppose even impossible, to really feel the sufferings of a hostage. | I thought Tom and Mary were going to use me as a hostage. | Send in something to eat or I'll kill a hostage. | I'm being held hostage. | Tom is my hostage.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of hostage: surety
    • more generic words: captive / prisoner = a person who is confined

Alternative definition of the noun hostage


  1. 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.


  1. "Hostage" is a 2005 American action thriller film starring Bruce Willis that was directed by Florent Emilio Siri. The film was based on a novel by Robert Crais, and was adapted for the screen by Doug Richardson.
  2. "Hostage" is a 2005 drama thriller film written and directed by Constantine Giannaris.
  3. "Hostage" is a 2005 drama film directed by Eldar Guliyev and co-written with Natig Rasulzade.
  4. "Hostage" is a 1983 Australian film based on the true story of Christine Maresch, a Woollongong teenager who wound up married to a German bank robber.
  5. "Hostage" is a 1992 action drama film written by Ted Allbeury and Arthur Hopcraft and directed by Robert Young.
    • also known as Ein Mord zuviel, Túsz, Undercover - Geiseln des Terrors, Contra Toda a Lei, El próximo enemigo, O Erro Fatal, L'ostaggio, Panttivanki, Contra toda ley
    • countries: United Kingdom, Argentina
    • starring:
    • genres: Action Film, Thriller, Drama
    • released on (22 years ago)
  6. "Hostage" is a 2001 action film written by Willy Laconsay, Andrew Paredes and Eric Francisco and directed by Augusto Salvador.
  7. "Hostage" is a 1999 drama film written and directed by Fredrik Sundwall.


  1. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2012 drama history thriller film Argo.
  2. Hostage is a character from Don 2: The Chase Continues.
  3. Hostage is a character from Don 2: The Chase Continues.
  4. Hostage is a fictional film character created by J. Michael Straczynski.
  5. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2011 action film Cold Soldiers.
  6. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2012 film Dredd.
  7. Hostage is a fictional character from the 1980 film The Blue-Eyed Bandit.
  8. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Avengers.
  9. Hostage is a fictional character in the 1989 film Going Overboard.
  10. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2008 film The Dark Knight.
  11. Hostage is a fictional character from the 1987 comedy film Hollywood Shuffle.
  12. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2009 film Ghost Machine.
  13. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2013 film Pawn.
  14. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2007 film Blades of Glory.
  15. Hostage is a fictional character from the 1993 film Irresistible Force.
  16. Hostage is a fictional character from the 2008 film Home Made.
  17. Hostage is a fictional film character.
  18. Hostage is a fictional film character.
  19. Hostage is a fictional film character.
  20. Hostage a.k.a. Sandra Velez is a fictional character from the 2006 film Inside Man.
  21. Hostage a.k.a. Matthew Jones is a fictional character from the 2006 film Inside Man.
  22. Hostage a.k.a. Denis Lenford is a fictional character from the 2006 film Inside Man.

There are other characters with in their name, like Hostage negotiator.

Phrases with Hostage

  1. Hostage negotiator
  2. Give Hostage to Fortune
  3. Hold Hostage
  4. Take Hostage
  5. To Take Hostage

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hostage

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Google previewDictionary of Ethics, Theology and Society (2013)

by Paul A. B. Clarke, Andrew Linzey

According to the Preamble to the Convention, being taken as a hostage is a violation of the fundamental HUMAN RIGHTS to life, liberty and security of the person. These legal definitions are victim-neutral, in that they do not concern ...

Google previewThe Stolen Village (2012)

Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates by Des Ekin

'Hostage is a crucifying aloneness,' observed Brian Keenan, the Irish ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

obstágia and obstäticus, a hostage—from L. obsidatus, the act of being made a hostage, or the condition of one—from obses, the one staying or remaining in a place, a hostage]: person left in the hands of an enemy as a pledge for the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime (2003)

by Eric W. Hickey

A hostage is a person held prisoner to force fulfillment of demands by an individual or group. The taking of hostages is considered illegal under both international law and individual nations. The actual act is a crime, and the mistreatment of ...

Google previewDictionary of Terrorism (2013)

by John Richard Thackrah

The social, political, ethnic or 'religious crusade' hostage—taker. Such a hostage-taker is generally a member of a group, which can be defined as terrorist , and will have a strong sense of commitment to or belief in a particular idea or cause ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crisis Management (2013)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, Ryan Hagen

But it was the poor handling of two incidents, one in the United States and one in Europe, that finally brought about a more professional approach in the response to hostage taking. At New York's Attica state prison in the United States in 1971, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Chechen Conflict (2015)

by Ali Askerov

HOSTAGE. A hostage is a person who is forcefully held by the other combating party. Usually, a criminal abductor seizes a hostage in order to compel another party ...

Google previewThe Dream Interpretation Dictionary (2017)

Symbols, Signs, and Meanings by J.M. DeBord

Handicap, Illness, Insane, Nurse, Paramedic, Psychologist, Surgery, Wheelchair HostageBeing held hostage in a dream can connect with feeling powerless, or forced into a situation against your will. It may be an exaggeration that captures ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media and Propaganda in Wartime America [2 volumes] (2010)

by Martin J. Manning, Clarence R. Wyatt

The Iran Hostage Crisis was perhaps the gravest diplomatic standoff of the 1970s and became a symbol of U.S. decline and weakness in the post-Vietnam era. It crippled President Jimmy Carter's administration, led to a second energy crisis, ...

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Quotes about Hostage

From hostage to rasisms,
But the myths of love live on;
And like a poetry of freedom in the land of war! !
But the hostage of the myths had led us all off the tracks of peace. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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Scrabble value of H4O1S1T1A1G2E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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