letters of marque

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\-ˈmärk\

Definition of letters of marque

  1. :  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

15th Century

First Known Use of letters of marque

15th century


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