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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hos·tage /ˈhɑstɪʤ/
 人質,抵押品

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hos·tage n.  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.
 Your hostages I have, so have you mine;
 And we shall talk before we fight.   --Shak.
    He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.   --Bacon.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 hostage
      n : a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another
          party will meet specified terms [syn: surety]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Hostage
    a person delivered into the hands of another as a security for
    the performance of some promise, etc. (2 Kings 14:14; 2 Chr.
    25:24).