- a fast ship used for piracy.
- a pirate, especially formerly of the Barbary Coast.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a gull-winged, propeller-driven fighter plane built for the U.S. Navy in World War II and kept in service into the early 1950s.
Origin of corsair
Examples from the Web for corsair
Contemporary Examples of corsair
After writing his letters, Lucan left the Uckfield house at 1:15 a.m. and drove 16 miles to Newhaven, where he dumped the Corsair.Lord Lucan’s Whereabouts: The Tabloid Rebirth of a Decades-Old Crime
February 25, 2012
Some $200 million of the $785 million came from Corsair itself, with the balance coming from its limited partners.
For a price below $2.50 per share, Corsair would be treated like other shareholders.
Historical Examples of corsair
Yusuf was standing at the corsair leader's elbow speaking rapidly.
He considered the corsair a moment with his sunken smouldering eyes.
"Pay him, Ali," said the corsair shortly, and he advanced to receive his purchase.
The words were out and the thing was done before Asad had realized the corsair's intent.
He was just, and he had a conscience, as odd a thing as it was awkward in a corsair Basha.
- a pirate
- a privateer, esp of the Barbary Coast
Word Origin for corsair
1540s, from Middle French corsaire (15c.), from Provençal cursar, Italian corsaro, from Medieval Latin cursarius "pirate," from Latin cursus "course, a running," from currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Meaning of the Medieval Latin verb evolved from "course" to "journey" to "expedition" to an expedition specifically for plunder.