cor·​sair | \ ˈkȯr-ˌser How to pronounce corsair (audio) ; kȯr-ˈser \

Definition of corsair

: pirate especially : a privateer of the Barbary Coast

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no one knows the fate of the corsair's treasure-filled ship
Recent Examples on the Web Queen of the seas, Britain seemed to countenance the pirating activities of the North African corsairs. Thomas Wendel, National Review, 4 July 2019 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, 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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The first known use of corsair was in 1549

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“Corsair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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