Definition of buccaneer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌbʌkəˈnɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbʌkəˈnɪr//
    People in sea travel
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  1. 1(in the past) a sailor who attacked ships at sea and stole from them synonym pirate See related entries: People in sea travel
  2. 2(especially in business) a person who achieves success in a skilful but not always honest way
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (originally denoting European hunters in the Caribbean): from French boucanier, from boucan ‘a frame on which to cook or cure meat’, from Tupi-Guarani mukem.
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