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Meaning of PRIVATEER

Pronunciation:  `prIvu'teeur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
  2. [n]  an officer or crew member of a privateer

PRIVATEER is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: privateersman
 See Also: combat ship, crew member, crewman, Hawkins, Hawkyns, officer, ship's officer, Sir John Hawkins, Sir John Hawkyns, war vessel, warship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pri`va*teer"\, 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}.
    2. The commander of a privateer.
             Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and
             became a pirate.                      --Macaulay.
  2. \Pri`va*teer"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Privateered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Privateering}.]
    To cruise in a privateer.