free·​boo·​ter | \ ˈfrē-ˌbü-tər How to pronounce freebooter (audio) \

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freeboot \ ˈfrē-​ˌbüt How to pronounce freebooter (audio) \ intransitive verb

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Examples of freebooter in a Sentence

the ship was captured by freebooters who were looking for gold
Recent Examples on the Web In April, 1492, buoyed by the seizure of Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to sponsor the Italian freebooter Christopher Columbus on his initial expedition across the Atlantic. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 Mr. Bugaev is a dedicated, if largely sedentary, Cossack, a centuries-old fraternity of Slavic warriors, freebooters and freedom-loving rebels. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 14 July 2016 The window of opportunity for freebooters to loom large has closed. Steve Kettmann, WIRED, 2 Nov. 2000

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First Known Use of freebooter

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for freebooter

by folk etymology from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit plunder, from vrij free + buit booty

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“Freebooter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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