corsair

noun
cor·sair | \ˈkȯr-ˌser; kȯr-ˈser\

Definition of corsair 

: pirate especially : a privateer of the Barbary Coast

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Examples of corsair in a Sentence

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

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From ancient Norse princess Alfhild to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs, these women sailed beside–and sometimes in command of–male pirates. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirates," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of corsair

1549, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corsair

Middle French & Old Italian; Middle French corsaire pirate, from Old Occitan corsari, from Old Italian corsaro, from Medieval Latin cursarius, from Latin cursus course — more at course

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