privateer

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noun pri·va·teer \ˌprī-və-ˈtir\

Definition of privateer

  1. :  an armed private ship licensed to attack enemy shipping; also :  a sailor on such a ship

privateer

intransitive verb

Circa 1641

First Known Use of privateer

circa 1641


PRIVATEER Defined for English Language Learners

privateer

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noun pri·va·teer \ˌprī-və-ˈtir\

Definition of privateer for English Language Learners

  • : a ship used in the past to attack and rob other ships; also : a sailor on a privateer


PRIVATEER Defined for Kids

privateer

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noun pri·va·teer \ˌprī-və-ˈtir\

Definition of privateer for Students

  1. 1 :  a privately owned armed ship permitted by its government to make war on ships of an enemy country

  2. 2 :  a sailor on a privateer



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