buccaneer

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noun buc·ca·neer \ˌbə-kə-ˈnir\

Definition of buccaneer

  1. 1 :  any of the freebooters preying on Spanish ships and settlements especially in 17th century West Indies; broadly :  pirate

  2. 2 :  an unscrupulous adventurer especially in politics or business

buccaneer

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buccaneerish

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Examples of buccaneer in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of buccaneer

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 + kaʔẽ to be roasted, dried


BUCCANEER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of buccaneer for English Language Learners

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


BUCCANEER Defined for Kids

buccaneer

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noun buc·ca·neer \ˌbə-kə-ˈnir\

Definition of buccaneer for Students

  1. :  pirate



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