hostage etymology

English word hostage comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) hostage (Hostage.)

Detailed word origin of hostage

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
hostage Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Hostage.
hostage English (eng) A person given as a pledge or security for the performance of the conditions of a treaty or stipulations of any kind, on the performance of which the person is to be released.