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



    BrE BrE//ˈpaɪrət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪrət//
    Computer software, Criminals, People in sea travel
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  1. 1(especially in the past) a person on a ship who attacks other ships at sea in order to steal from them a pirate ship There were reports that a pirate ship had come looking for treasure in the cove. See related entries: Criminals, People in sea travel
  2. 2(often used as an adjective) a person who makes illegal copies of DVDs, computer programs, books, etc., in order to sell them a pirate edition software pirates See related entries: Computer software
  3. 3(often used as an adjective) a person or an organization that broadcasts illegally a pirate radio station
  4. see also piracy
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin pirata, from Greek peiratēs, from peirein ‘to attempt, attack’ (from peira ‘an attempt’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pirate

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