pirate

[ pahy-ruht ]
/ ˈpaɪ rət /

noun

verb (used with object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.

verb (used without object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.

to commit or practice piracy.

Nearby words

  1. piranesi,
  2. piranesi, giovanni battista,
  3. piranha,
  4. pirapóra,
  5. pirarucu,
  6. pirate coast,
  7. pirate perch,
  8. pirates of penzance,
  9. piratical,
  10. pire

Origin of pirate

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin pīrāta < Greek peirātḗs, equivalent to peirā-, variant stem of peirân to attack + -tēs agent noun suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for pirate

pirate

/ (ˈpaɪrɪt) /

noun

a person who commits piracy
  1. a vessel used by pirates
  2. (as modifier)a pirate ship
a person who illicitly uses or appropriates someone else's literary, artistic, or other work
  1. a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
  2. (as modifier)a pirate radio station

verb

(tr) to use, appropriate, or reproduce (artistic work, ideas, etc) illicitly
Derived Formspiratical (paɪˈrætɪkəl) or piratic, adjectivepiratically, adverb

Word Origin for pirate

C15: from Latin pīrāta, from Greek peirātēs one who attacks, from peira an attempt, attack

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Word Origin and History for pirate
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