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

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“Letters of marque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letters%20of%20marque. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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