Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a ship that is manned by pirates
  2. (noun, person) someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
  3. (noun, person) someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own
  4. (verb, contact) take arbitrarily or by force
  5. (verb, possession) copy illegally; of published material

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Pirate

  1. 1254, from O.Fr. pirate, from L. pirata "sailor, sea robber," from Gk. peirates "brigand, pirate," lit. "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE base *per- "try" (cf. L. peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment, risk, danger," se… more

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