[ pahy-ruht ]
/ ˈpaɪ rət /
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a person who robs or commits illegal violence at sea or on the shores of the sea.
a ship used by such persons.
any plunderer, predator, etc.: confidence men, slumlords, and other pirates.
a person who uses or reproduces the work or invention of another without authorization.
Also called pirate stream .Geology. a stream that diverts into its own flow the headwaters of another stream, river, etc.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR pirate
1 freebooter, buccaneer, corsair, plunderer.
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Origin of pirate
1250–1300; Middle English <Latin pīrāta<Greek peirātḗs, equivalent to peirā-, variant stem of peirân to attack + -tēs agent noun suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM pirate
pi·rate·like, adjectivepi·rat·i·cal [pahy-rat-i-kuhl, pi-], /paɪˈræt ɪ kəl, pɪ-/, pi·rat·ic, adjectivepi·rat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·pi·rat·ed, adjective
un·pi·rat·i·cal, adjectiveun·pi·rat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use pirate in a sentence
Certain printers, however, made a practice of pirating some of the most popular English privileged books.Prices of Books|Henry B. Wheatley
The good Major Bonnet has gone off pirating; he thinks he can make more money that way than by attending to his plantation.Kate Bonnet|Frank R. Stockton
With this small company he dared not go pirating on his own account and so had decided to rejoin Blackbeard.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Was America in the business of pirating around the shores of Europe to pick up islands, or promontories like Gibraltar?Children of the Market Place|Edgar Lee Masters
He wished to go pirating again, and saw a way of doing this which he thought would be far superior to any of the common methods.Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts|Frank Richard Stockton
British Dictionary definitions for pirate
/ (ˈpaɪrɪt) /
a person who commits piracy
- a vessel used by pirates
- (as modifier)a pirate ship
a person who illicitly uses or appropriates someone else's literary, artistic, or other work
- a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
- (as modifier)a pirate radio station
(tr) to use, appropriate, or reproduce (artistic work, ideas, etc) illicitly
Derived forms of piratepiratical (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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