- a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
- a ship used by such persons.
- any plunderer, predator, etc.: confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates.
- a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.
- Also called pirate stream. Geology. a stream that diverts into its own flow the headwaters of another stream, river, etc.
- to commit or practice piracy.
Origin of pirate
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Examples from the Web for pirated
Except in pirated form, none of the Tracey Ullman Show shorts are available on the web.A 200-Hour ‘Simpsons’ Marathon? That’s Unpossible!
July 24, 2014
The friendly staff will even load your pirated software on your computer for you.The U.S. Tells You Where to Buy the Best Fake Designer Handbags, Pirated Movies, and More
February 12, 2014
“You can whine all you want about free sites and pirated content,” he said.Free Porn Is Threatening the Adult Industry. Here Are Five Ways to Save It.
September 9, 2013
Either they will do without textbooks or they will rely on pirated editions.No Matter What the Supreme Court Decides, Textbooks Will Continue to Be Expensive
October 30, 2012
Many others who downloaded the pirated tape are not connected to the complaint.Behind the Porn Piracy Crackdown
April 2, 2011
They're pirated editions of Love in Babylon, that's what they are.A Great Man
Some of these, in these years and later, were pirated, but he made no protest.Is Shakespeare Dead?
There has been a great deal of piracy going on and their best "hits" have been copied and pirated.
Another, I heard, was married on a work of mine in a pirated edition; it answered the purpose as well as a Hall Bible.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
The third issue, or the first pirated issue, lacks the printer's inscription and is bound in cheap cloth.The Bibliography of Walt Whitman
- a person who commits piracy
- a vessel used by pirates
- (as modifier)a pirate ship
- a person who illicitly uses or appropriates someone else's literary, artistic, or other work
- a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
- (as modifier)a pirate radio station
- (tr) to use, appropriate, or reproduce (artistic work, ideas, etc) illicitly
Word Origin and History for pirated
c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata "sailor, corsair, sea robber" (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally "one who attacks (ships)," from Greek peirates "brigand, pirate," literally "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE root *per- "try" (cf. Latin peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;" see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913.
1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.