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Definition of "pirate" []

  • One who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without commission from a sovereign nation. (noun)
  • A ship used for this purpose. (noun)
  • One who preys on others; a plunderer. (noun)
  • One who makes use of or reproduces the work of another without authorization. (noun)
  • One that operates an unlicensed, illegal television or radio station. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pirate" in a sentence
  • "Henry, for one, knows exactly where he wants to go: someplace to “meet a pirate — a really bad ­pirate, the worst pirate in the world!”"
  • "The latest TV spot features two men diving into a pool to retrieve a treasure chest and, in a plot line that brings new meaning to the term pirate booty, getting chased through the streets by a posse of bikini-clad women."
  • "For our purposes the term pirate applies to all ships attacked while under way, either on the high seas or in territorial waters."