Pirate Definition

pīrĭt
pirated, pirates, pirating
noun
pirates
A person who practices piracy; esp., a robber of ships on the high seas.
Webster's New World
One who makes use of or reproduces the work of another without authorization.
American Heritage
A ship used by pirates in attacking other vessels.
Webster's New World
One who engages in the illegal recording, transmission, or reception of radio or TV broadcasts.
Webster's New World
There is no telling how many slang words were truly used by pirates. Even professors of history and linguistic studies can only estimate, however, there are written accounts from voyages and adventures taken long ago that have brought to light the many different slang words and phrases.
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verb
pirated, pirates, pirating
To attack and rob (a ship at sea).
American Heritage
To take (something) by piracy.
Webster's New World
To practice piracy (upon)
Webster's New World
To publish, reproduce, or make use of without authorization (a literary work, musical recording, film, etc.), esp. in violation of a copyright.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Pirate

Noun

Singular:
pirate
Plural:
pirates

Origin of Pirate

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin pīrāta from Greek peirātēs from peirān to attempt from peira trial per-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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