noun buc·ca·neer \ˌbə-kə-ˈnir\

: a person who tries to become wealthy or powerful by doing things that are illegal or dishonest

Full Definition of BUCCANEER

:  any of the freebooters preying on Spanish ships and settlements especially in 17th century West Indies; broadly :  pirate
:  an unscrupulous adventurer especially in politics or business
buccaneer intransitive verb
buc·ca·neer·ish \-ish\ adjective

Examples of BUCCANEER

  1. <buccaneers who preyed upon treasure-laden ships in the Caribbean>


French boucanier woodsman, pirate (in the 17th century West Indies), from boucaner to smoke meat, from boucan wooden frame for smoking meat, from Tupi mokaʔẽ́, mbokaʔẽ́, from mo-, mbo- causative marker + kaʔ to be roasted, dried
First Known Use: 1686
BUCCANEER Defined for Kids


noun buc·ca·neer \ˌbə-kə-ˈnir\

Definition of BUCCANEER for Kids

:  pirate


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