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privateersman

[prahy-vuh-teerz-muh n]
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noun, plural pri·va·teers·men.
  1. an officer or sailor of a privateer.
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Origin of privateersman

An Americanism dating back to 1770–80; privateer + 's1 + -man
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Historical Examples

  • As a privateersman, he continued to do daring work to the end of the war.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • Privateersman as I was, I could not refrain from tears at the scene.

    The Privateersman

    Frederick Marryat

  • There had not been a privateersman in the United States for near a half-century.

  • So again he became a privateersman in the service of his State.

  • There was a determination in the conduct of the privateersman which endeared him to his crew.