[ roj-er ]
/ ˈrɒdʒ ər /
a flag flown by pirates, having the device of a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
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Origin of Jolly Roger
First recorded in 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for jolly roger
the traditional pirate flag, consisting of a white skull and crossbones on a black field
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Culture definitions for jolly roger
A black flag with a white skull and crossbones, flown in past centuries by pirate ships.
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