Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that takes another as a captive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is holding a captive or captives.
  • n. One who catches or has caught or captured something or someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who captures any person or thing, as a prisoner or a prize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who captures or takes (a person or thing) by force, stratagem, or surprise; one who takes a prisoner or a prize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who captures and holds people or animals

Etymologies

Late Latin captor, hunter, from Latin capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Late Latin, from the Latin capere. (English usage began around 1688). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These dance sequences are occasionally punctuated by hallucinatory images such as Thoreau wandering into a convenience store along with his forest dancers (who are partial to a Crystal Lite machine in what may be the strangest product placement captured on film) or an African American gentleman chained up in the bed of a truck, only to be released later while his captor is buried up to his neck on a beach.

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  • She called her captor every name, and lived to take back all but one: Lover.

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  • His captor is the Earl Ragnar, a Danish chieftain, who raises the boy as his own, teaching him the Viking ways of war.

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  • What is worse, her captor is the infamous Beauceron.

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  • If his own lord wins, he is delivered without reproach, and if his captor is the victor he is immune just as surely, safe from injury in the battle or reprisals after it.

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  • Her captor is a deranged man named Moses, looking to satisfy his burning desire to kill.

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  • Mr. Ledbetter perceived that on a chair beside his captor was a large black bag on a heap of crumpled papers, and that there were torn and burnt papers on the table.

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  • The Austrian teenager who spent eight years in captivity in a small dungeon says her captor was a part of her life, and that now she is mourning his him in certain ways.

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  • After half an hour, I had come up with two small conclusions: First, my captor was a man of no mean ability, a remarkably intelligent, efficient, and daring individual who showed no signs of the gaol-bird in his manner and who was, therefore, among the more successful criminals.

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  • His captor was a very wealthy person, Petulant-rich with nonattention, the girlish voice interrupted his inspection.

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  • Leonard takes some fireworks out of his knapsack and sets off an awesome display. His captors are transfixed.

    - William Steig, The Zabajaba Jungle

    October 5, 2008