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 in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of corsair

Medieval French & Old Italian; Medieval 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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