noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

: someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea

: someone who illegally copies a product or invention without permission

: a person or organization that illegally makes television or radio broadcasts

Full Definition of PIRATE

:  one who commits or practices piracy
pi·rat·i·cal \pə-ˈra-ti-kəl, pī-\ adjective
pi·rat·i·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PIRATE

  1. the famous pirate Jean Lafitte
  2. A software pirate made bootleg copies of the computer program.

Origin of PIRATE

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin pirata, from Greek peiratēs, from peiran to attempt — more at fear
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay



: to illegally copy (something) without permission


Full Definition of PIRATE

transitive verb
:  to commit piracy on
:  to take or appropriate by piracy: as
a :  to reproduce without authorization especially in infringement of copyright
b :  to lure away from another employer by offers of betterment
intransitive verb
:  to commit or practice piracy

Examples of PIRATE

  1. He was accused of pirating their invention.
  2. <using pirated software that was subject to copyright>

First Known Use of PIRATE

PIRATICALLY Defined for Kids


noun pi·rate \ˈpī-rət\

Definition of PIRATE for Kids

:  a robber of ships at sea :  a person who commits piracy


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