privateer

noun pri·va·teer \ ˌprī-və-ˈtir \
|Updated on: 27 Jul 2018

Definition of privateer

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

privateer

intransitive verb

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First Known Use of privateer

circa 1641

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PRIVATEER Defined for English Language Learners

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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

noun pri·va·teer \ ˌprī-və-ˈtir \

Definition of privateer for Students

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


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