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



    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪrəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪrəsi//
    [uncountable] Computer software, Types of crime, Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1the crime of attacking ships at sea in order to steal from them See related entries: Types of crime, Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2the act of making illegal copies of DVDs, computer programs, books, etc., in order to sell them software piracy See related entries: Computer software, Types of crime
  3. see also pirate
    Word Originmid 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek pirateia, from peiratēs, from peirein ‘to attempt, attack’ (from peira ‘an attempt’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: piracy