What does POW stand for?

Prisoner of war

POW is a military term that means prisoner of war. It refers to a soldier that has been captured by the enemy and held as prisoner.

The acronym is often see with the MIA acronym on a black flag designed to honor soldiers captured and killed during war. The term may also be used by teenagers sarcastically when texting others that they feel trapped or are grounded by their parents.


I feel like a POW in my house. My mom never lets me go out
The POW and MIA flag
The POW and MIA flag

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Updated February 23, 2017

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