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Meaning of HOSTAGE

Pronunciation:  'hâstij

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms

HOSTAGE is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: surety
 See Also: captive, prisoner



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hos"tage\, n. [OE. hostage, OF. hostage, ostage, F.
[^o]tage, LL. hostaticus, ostaticum, for hospitaticum, fr. L.
hospes guest, host. The first meaning is, the state of a
guest, hospitality; hence, the state of a hostage (treated as
a guest); and both these meanings occur in Old French. See
{Host} a landlord.]
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.

      Your hostages I have, so have you mine; And we shall
      talk before we fight.                    --Shak.

      He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to
      fortune.                                 --Bacon.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are a hostage indicates that you are feeling victimized and powerlessness. You may also be feeling limited in your choices or physically immobilized. Perhaps this dream is paralleling some situation/difficulties in your daily life or relationship. Alternatively, it suggests that a part of yourself is not be fully expressed.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a person delivered into the hands of another as a security for the performance of some promise, etc. (2 Kings 14:14; 2 Chr. 25:24).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bail, bond, captive, earnest, earnest money, escrow, gage, guaranty, handsel, hock, mainprise, pawn, pignus, pledge, prisoner, recognizance, replevin, replevy, security, surety, token, token payment, undertaking, vadimonium, vadium