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Jolly Roger

[roj-er] /ˈrɒdʒ ər/
noun
1.
a flag flown by pirates, having the device of a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
Origin of Jolly Roger
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85
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Examples from the Web for Jolly Roger
Historical Examples
  • You don't imagine for an instant that they'll maroon us and hoist the Jolly Roger, do you?

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • It was then that life seemed to come back into Jolly Roger's body.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Jolly Roger bent over the cot, between Cassidy and the girl.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Jolly Roger paused long enough to take the cartridges from his gun.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • And the girl raised her face, so that her shining eyes were on Jolly Roger.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • But it was the man Jolly Roger stared at, while his heart choked inside him.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • He paused, and Jolly Roger explained how it all had come about.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Haven't any idea where one might come upon this Jolly Roger, have you?

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • Jolly Roger thrust his head and shoulders into the growing tunnel.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • It was an odd sort of grin, and Jolly Roger caught it over his shoulder.

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
British Dictionary definitions for Jolly Roger

Jolly Roger

noun
1.
the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Jolly Roger in Culture

Jolly Roger definition


A black flag with a white skull and crossbones, flown in past centuries by pirate ships.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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