privateer

[ prahy-vuh-teer ]
/ ˌpraɪ vəˈtɪər /

noun

an armed ship that is privately owned and manned, commissioned by a government to fight or harass enemy ships.

verb (used without object)

to cruise as a privateer.

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Origin of privateer

1640–50; private + -eer, modeled on volunteer
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British Dictionary definitions for privateer

privateer
/ (ˌpraɪvəˈtɪə) /

noun

an armed, privately owned vessel commissioned for war service by a government
Also called: privateersman a commander or member of the crew of a privateer

verb

a competitor, esp in motor racing, who is privately financed rather than sponsored by a manufacturer
(intr) to serve as a privateer
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