Jolly Roger

Jol·​ly Rog·​er | \ ˈjä-lē-ˈrä-jər How to pronounce Jolly Roger (audio) \

Definition of Jolly Roger

: a black flag with a white skull and crossbones formerly used by pirates as their ensign

First Known Use of Jolly Roger

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Jolly Roger

probably from jolly entry 1 + the name Roger

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“Jolly Roger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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