license or commission granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation.
- Also called letter of marque and reprisal, letters of marque and reprisal.
- Also letters of marque .
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How to use letter of marque in a sentence
I believed my land-service commission would protect me, but I asked for the letter-of-marque as an additional safeguard.The Supplies for the Confederate Army | Caleb Huse
The scheme was not impossible for any one holding a privateer's commission, and I applied to Mr. Yancey for a letter-of-marque.The Supplies for the Confederate Army | Caleb Huse
In that day, even a French ship-of-the-line was no model of discipline or order, and a letter-of-marque was consequently worse.
The prize proved to be the ship I have mentioned, a letter-of-marque, from Guadaloupe, bound to Nantes.
Well, as if that wern't enough, we ship together again in this vessel, and a time we had of it with the French letter-of-marque.
British Dictionary definitions for letter of marque
a licence granted by a state to a private citizen to arm a ship and seize merchant vessels of another nation
a similar licence issued by a nation allowing a private citizen to seize goods or citizens of another nation
- Also called: letter of marque and reprisal
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