captive etymology

English word captive comes from Latin captivus (A captive, a prisoner Captive. Captured. Imprisoned.)

Detailed word origin of captive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
captivus Latin (lat) A captive, a prisoner Captive. Captured. Imprisoned.
captive English (eng) (figurative) One charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.. One held prisoner.. One who has been captured or is otherwise confined. (transitive, archaic) To capture; to take captive. Held prisoner; not free; confined.. Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.

Words with the same origin as captive

Descendants of captivus
chétif