Meaning of “hostage” - Learner’s Dictionary

hostage

noun uk us /ˈhɒstɪdʒ/

[ C ] someone who is kept as a prisoner and may be hurt or killed in order to force other people to do something

take/hold sb hostage

to catch or keep someone as a prisoner:

Two tourists were held hostage by terrorists.

(Definition of “hostage” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)