letters of marque

noun phrase
\ -ˈmärk How to pronounce letters of marque (audio) \

Definition of letters of marque

: written authority granted to a private person by a government to seize the subjects of a foreign state or their goods specifically : a license granted to a private person to fit out an armed ship to plunder the enemy

First Known Use of letters of marque

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About letters of marque

Time Traveler for letters of marque

Time Traveler

The first known use of letters of marque was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near letters of marque

letters of horning

letters of marque

letters of request

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for letters of marque

Cite this Entry

“Letters of marque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letters%20of%20marque. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!