ma·​raud mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio)
marauded; marauding; marauds

intransitive verb

: to roam about and raid in search of plunder
a marauding gang of thieves

transitive verb

: raid, pillage
Norsemen marauded the country.

Examples of maraud in a Sentence

just for kicks, bored teenagers marauded neighborhood houses while their owners were away
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Word History


French marauder

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of maraud was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Maraud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


ma·​raud mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio)
: to roam about and raid in search of things to steal
marauder noun

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