privateer


privateer
privateer 1660s, originally private man of war (1640s), from PRIVATE (Cf. private), probably modeled on volunteer, buccaneer.

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  • Privateer — Pri va*teer (pr[imac] v[.a]*t[=e]r ), n. [From {Private}.] 1. An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See {Letters of marque}, under {Marque}. [1913 Webster] 2. The commander of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privateer — Privateer, SC U.S. Census Designated Place in South Carolina Population (2000): 2118 Housing Units (2000): 797 Land area (2000): 8.178530 sq. miles (21.182295 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.060744 sq. miles (0.157325 sq. km) Total area (2000):… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Privateer, SC — U.S. Census Designated Place in South Carolina Population (2000): 2118 Housing Units (2000): 797 Land area (2000): 8.178530 sq. miles (21.182295 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.060744 sq. miles (0.157325 sq. km) Total area (2000): 8.239274 sq. miles …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • privateer — ☆ privateer [prī΄vətirz′mən] n. pl. privateersmen [prī΄və tirmənprī΄və tir′] n. [< PRIVAT(E) + EER] 1. a privately owned and manned armed ship commissioned by a government in a war to attack and capture enemy ships, esp. merchant ships 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Privateer — Pri va*teer , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Privateered} (pr[imac] v[.a]*t[=e]rd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Privateering}.] To cruise in a privateer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privateer — A privately owned vessel that is commissioned by one power to attack merchant ships from a hostile power. The term also refers to the commander or a crew member of such a vessel. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.… …   Law dictionary

  • Privateer — (engl., spr. Preiwätihr), der Caper, das Caperschiff …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Privateer — (engl., spr. praiwĕĭīr), s. Kaperei …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • privateer — *pirate, freebooter, buccaneer, corsair …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • privateer — ► NOUN chiefly historical ▪ an armed ship owned by private individuals, holding a government commission and authorized for use in war …   English terms dictionary