Privateer

Definition of Privateer

Pri`va`teer´   Pronunciation: prī`vå`tērd´
n.1.An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See Letters of marque, under Marque.
2.The commander of a privateer.
Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate.
- Macaulay.
v. i.1.To cruise in a privateer.
[imp. & p. p. Privateered (prī`vå*tērd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Privateering.]

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AB, Ancient Mariner, Argonaut, Blackbeard, Captain Hook, Captain Kidd, Dylan, Flying Dutchman, Henry Morgan, Jean Lafitte, Neptune, OD, Poseidon, Varuna, able seaman, able-bodied seaman, air pirate, airplane hijacker, bluejacket, buccaneer, corsair, deep-sea man, fair-weather sailor, fisherman, freeboot, hearty, jack, jack afloat, jack-tar, jacky, limey, lobsterman, mariner, matelot, navigator, picaroon, pirate, rover, sailor, salt, sea dog, sea king, sea rover, seafarer, seafaring man, seaman, shipman, skyjacker, tar, viking, water dog, whaler, windjammer, windsailor
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