pirate

noun
pi·​rate | \ ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio) \

Definition of pirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who commits or practices piracy

pirate

verb
pirated; pirating

Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to commit piracy on
2 : to take or appropriate by piracy: such as
a : to reproduce without authorization especially in infringement of copyright
b : to lure away from another employer by offers of betterment

intransitive verb

: to commit or practice piracy

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from pirate

Noun

piratical \ pə-​ˈra-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce piratical (audio) , pī-​ \ adjective
piratically \ pə-​ˈra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce piratically (audio) , pī-​ \ adverb

Examples of pirate in a Sentence

Noun the famous pirate Jean Lafitte A software pirate made bootleg copies of the computer program. Verb He was accused of pirating their invention. using pirated software that was subject to copyright
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirate Parrot Speaking of extra letters, what’s a pirate without some extra RRRRRR's, right? Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Happy birthday, Paws! Here's where Detroit Tigers mascot ranks in MLB," 5 May 2020 Someone either penetrated a server or took a copy of the video and shared it with a pirate. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "As coronavirus forces people home, interest in streaming services is surging. So is piracy.," 29 Mar. 2020 Instead, there's a capsized fisherman's boat doubling as a pirate's ship, a looming volcano billowing smoke and a rag-tag bunch of kids running wild in the jungle. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Wendy,' a reimagining of 'Peter Pan,' takes flight without pixie dust," 5 Mar. 2020 There’s no other game on the market like Sea of Thieves, which simulates the life of a pirate by pitting the player against the pitiless sea. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Best Xbox One X Games You Can Play Right Now," 5 Feb. 2020 As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Christina Maxouris And Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Yo, ho, ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us!," 19 Sep. 2019 Meet the season's new villain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers), a pirate and smuggler who finds himself on the receiving end of a beatdown from Jamie in a split-second clip later in the trailer. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Outlander Season 4 Trailer Is Here, So Gird Your Loins," 30 July 2018 In the 2000s, the Navy was forced to send billion dollar warships to chase Somali pirates in skiffs, a ridiculous proposition. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Pentagon Study Spells Doom for Two Aircraft Carriers...and Maybe More," 23 Apr. 2020 Police said the video showed a porch pirate in action. CBS News, "Porch pirates take advantage of California residents using home delivery amid pandemic," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The recipe was pirated from Weber’s without permission. cleveland, "Guidelines set during pandemic to help keep customers, staff safe as Weber’s marks its 90th season: A Place in the Sun," 18 May 2020 While its Windows and Office products are used in China, the software is often pirated. Karen Weise, New York Times, "Microsoft Issues Financial Warning Because of Coronavirus," 26 Feb. 2020 In some areas, such as entertainment, technology, and pharmaceuticals, foreign companies looked on helplessly as their products were pirated and their copyrights breached. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Uneasy Truce of Trump’s Trade Deal with China," 16 Jan. 2020 But can watching bootlegged or pirated video on the internet get viewers into trouble, too? Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Is streaming video from sketchy websites illegal?," 16 Dec. 2019 And, as anybody who’s pirated content knows, keeping the lid on software is virtually impossible. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What use are crypto collectibles?," 21 Nov. 2019 In an ironic twist, though, the makers of that firmware have introduced anti-piracy code to prevent people from pirating their own work. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Switch pirates don’t want you to pirate their piracy-enabling firmware," 28 June 2018 These include opening up more Chinese sectors to foreign investment, punishing companies that pirate foreign technology and lowering import tariffs on high-tech goods. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "How the U.S. Can Protect Corporate America’s Tech Secrets From China," 10 Jan. 2019 Online, more than 800,000 people paid to watch it for $10 a stream — a respectable number, even with the million or so people who pirated the fight on Twitch. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Logan Paul’s redemption arc is proceeding exactly as planned," 29 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pirate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pirate

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1577, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pirate

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin pirata, from Greek peiratēs, from peiran to attempt — more at fear

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pirate

Time Traveler for pirate

Time Traveler

The first known use of pirate was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for pirate

Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pirate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pirate. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pirate

pirate

noun
How to pronounce pirate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea
: someone who illegally copies a product or invention without permission
: a person or organization that illegally makes television or radio broadcasts

pirate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to illegally copy (something) without permission

pirate

noun
pi·​rate | \ ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio) \

Kids Definition of pirate

: a robber of ships at sea : a person who commits piracy

pirate

noun
pi·​rate | \ ˈpī-rət How to pronounce pirate (audio) \

Legal Definition of pirate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who commits piracy

pirate

verb
pirated; pirating

Legal Definition of pirate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take or appropriate by piracy especially : to copy, distribute, or use without authorization especially in infringement of copyright the pirated software pirating cable signals

intransitive verb

: to commit piracy — compare bootleg

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on pirate

What made you want to look up pirate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things 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!