Definition of ransomer in English:



  • 1A person who ransoms someone or something, a person who pays a ransom; a redeemer, specifically (now frequently with capital initial) Christ.

  • 2A person held as security for the payment of a ransom for a ship. Now historical.

  • 3A member of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom (also called Our Lady of Mercy), founded in the 13th cent. to free Christians taken prisoner by the Muslims; = Mercedarian. Now historical.

  • 4A member of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom, founded in 1887 with the principal aim of converting England and Wales to the Roman Catholic faith.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in Cursor Mundi: a Northumbrian poem of the 14th century. From ransom + -er.