1. Algerian.
  2. (lowercase) a pirate.
  3. (lowercase) algerienne.

Origin of Algerine

First recorded in 1650–60; Alger(ia) + -ine1


or al·ge·rine

[al-jeer-ee-en or al-juh-reen]
  1. a brightly striped woolen fabric used for tents, awnings, curtains, etc.

Origin of algerienne

< French algérienne, feminine of algérien Algerian, from the fact that the fabric is made in Algeria Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for algerine

Historical Examples of algerine

  • A Frenchman, taken into slavery by an Algerine, was asked what he could do.

  • In the long list of Algerine viceroys, we meet with many a European.

  • That she was an Algerine pirate, and had been engaged in plundering the brig, we had no doubt.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • Our larboard bow-chaser was fired, but the Algerine took no notice of it.

    Paddy Finn

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • We have said that Algerine roofs are flat, but they are by no means regular.

    The Pirate City

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for algerine


  1. a soft striped woollen cloth

Word Origin for algerine

C19: from French, from algérien Algerian: because the cloth was originally made in Algeria


  1. of or relating to Algeria or its inhabitants
  1. a native or inhabitant of Algeria
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