Jolly Roger


Jol·​ly Rog·​er ˈjä-lē-ˈrä-jər How to pronounce Jolly Roger (audio)
: a black flag with a white skull and crossbones formerly used by pirates as their ensign

Examples of Jolly Roger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Make sure to plan a trip to one of the Jolly Roger Amusement Park locations with the kiddos; there's a smaller version at the Ocean City Pier at the very end of the boardwalk and the larger parks—including rides, a water park, mini golf, and go-karts—are on 30th Street. Karen Cicero, Parents, 1 Aug. 2023 The picturesque boardwalk is lined with funnel cake and Maryland crab stands and the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 28 Apr. 2023 And the Jolly Roger, at the corner of Main and Bennett streets in Woodstock, is shuttered. Staff, cleveland, 22 July 2022 Fire Controlman 1st Class Juan Morales, a crew member on the Kidd and a talented artist, painted the Jolly Roger. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 Sep. 2020 Kids can channel their inner pirates with this fun lake gear, which sports a Jolly Roger flag and its own squirt gun. Outdoor Life Commerce Team, Outdoor Life, 14 Mar. 2023 Another possible source of revenue is a lease with a new tenant in the vacant Jolly Roger restaurant building, which occupies the largest single lot at the harbor and has its own dock space. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2023 Watkins served in the Army in Afghanistan and ran a bar called the Jolly Roger in Woodstock, which has since closed. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 28 Sep. 2022 The Jolly Roger, like so many others, suffered, according to interviews and court documents. Staff, cleveland, 22 July 2022 See More

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Word History


probably from jolly entry 1 + the name Roger

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jolly Roger was circa 1785

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“Jolly Roger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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Jolly Roger

Jol·​ly Rog·​er ˌjäl-ē-ˈräj-ər How to pronounce Jolly Roger (audio)
: a black flag with a white skull and crossbones formerly used by pirates
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