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corsair

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noun cor·sair \ˈkȯr-ˌser; kȯr-ˈ\

Definition of corsair

  1. :  pirate; especially :  a privateer of the Barbary Coast



Examples of corsair

  1. <no one knows the fate of the corsair's treasure-filled ship>



Origin of corsair

Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French corsaire pirate, from Old Occitan corsari, from Old Italian corsaro, from Medieval Latin cursarius, from Latin cursus course — more at course


First Known Use: 1549


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