- any of the piratical adventurers who raided Spanish colonies and ships along the American coast in the second half of the 17th century.
- any pirate.
Origin of buccaneer
Examples from the Web for buccaneer
As a politician, Sarkozy is as brutal as any buccaneer, and he lets the world see it.The Gunslinger of Rue Miromesnil
December 23, 2013
A buccaneer lives for the excitement of deciphering the mysteries of human experience.
A buccaneer wants status, too, but only if that status is justly earned and sustained through the quality of his work.
A pretty thing if we were snapped up by a buccaneer and sold in the Plantations!'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was a fame such as no buccaneer—not even Morgan—has ever boasted, before or since.
With these he thought he could keep the buccaneer contingent in order and submissive.
My buccaneer transforms himself, under my very eyes, into an alderman!The Market-Place
Drake was a very great sailor, but he was undoubtedly a buccaneer.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- a pirate, esp one who preyed on the Spanish colonies and shipping in America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries
- to be or act like a buccaneer
Word Origin and History for buccaneer
1660s, from French boucanier "user of a boucan," a native grill for roasting meat, from Tupi mukem (rendered in Portuguese as moquem c.1587): "initial b and m are interchangeable in the Tupi language" [Klein]. For Haitian variant barbacoa, see barbecue. Originally used of French settlers working as hunters and woodsmen in the Spanish West Indies, a lawless and piratical set after they were driven from their trade by Spanish authorities in the 1690s.