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corsair

[ kawr-sair ]
/ ˈkɔr sɛər /
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noun
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.
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Origin of corsair

1540–50; <Middle French corsaire<Provençal corsar(i) <Upper Italian corsaro<Medieval Latin cursārius, equivalent to Latin curs(us) course + -ārius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for corsair

corsair
/ (ˈkɔːsɛə) /

noun
a pirate
a privateer, esp of the Barbary Coast

Word Origin for corsair

C15: from Old French corsaire pirate, from Medieval Latin cursārius, from Latin cursus a running, course
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