- a flag flown by pirates, having the device of a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
Origin of Jolly Roger
First recorded in 1775–85
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- the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field
A black flag with a white skull and crossbones, flown in past centuries by pirate ships.
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