[ buhk-uh-neer ]
/ ˌbʌk əˈnɪər /


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

1655–65; <French boucanier, literally, barbecuer, equivalent to boucan barbecue (<Tupi, variant of mukém) + -ier-eer


buc·ca·neer·ish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for buccaneer

/ (ˌbʌkəˈnɪə) /


a pirate, esp one who preyed on the Spanish colonies and shipping in America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries

verb (intr)

to be or act like a buccaneer

Word Origin for buccaneer

C17: from French boucanier, from boucaner to smoke meat, from Old French boucan frame for smoking meat, of Tupian origin; originally applied to French and English hunters of wild oxen in the Caribbean
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