n. prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
The surviving pirate accused of taking an American ship captain hostage is here, and we're getting our first look at him.
Sentence in Classic:
When their parents are sufficiently rich to pay a ransom, a messenger is sent to negotiate; the prisoner is hostage for the security of the messenger; should the ransom be refused, the prisoner is irrevocably lost.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context
Bonacieux away, and convey her to a place of safety, and there, if matters required, make her a hostage.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
Poor Tamoszius was a man without any relatives, and with a wonderful talent besides, and he ought to have made money and prospered; but he had fallen in love, and so given hostages to fortune, and was doomed to be dragged down too.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Context