[ pluhn-der ]
/ ˈplʌn dər /

verb (used with object)

to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.: to plunder a town.
to rob, despoil, or fleece: to plunder the public treasury.
to take wrongfully, as by pillage, robbery, or fraud: to plunder a piece of property.

verb (used without object)

to take plunder; pillage.


Nearby words

  1. plumpness,
  2. plumulaceous,
  3. plumule,
  4. plumulose,
  5. plumy,
  6. plunderage,
  7. plunge,
  8. plunge basin,
  9. plunge bath,
  10. plunge pool

Origin of plunder

First recorded in 1620–30, plunder is from the Dutch word plunderen

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British Dictionary definitions for plunderer


/ (ˈplʌndə) /


to steal (valuables, goods, sacred items, etc) from (a town, church, etc) by force, esp in time of war; loot
(tr) to rob or steal (choice or desirable things) from (a place)to plunder an orchard


anything taken by plundering or theft; booty
the act of plundering; pillage
Derived Formsplunderable, adjectiveplunderer, nounplunderous, adjective

Word Origin for plunder

C17: probably from Dutch plunderen (originally: to plunder household goods); compare Middle High German plunder bedding, household goods

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