Meaning of hostage
Pronunciation: (hos'tij), [key]
— n., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
- a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc., by another.
- a security or pledge.
- the condition of a hostage.
- to give (someone) as a hostage: He was hostaged to the Indians.
- hostage (Thesaurus)