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

 

privateer

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌpraɪvəˈtɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpraɪvəˈtɪr//
 
 
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a ship used in the past for attacking and stealing from other ships Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from private, on the pattern of volunteer.
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