Corsair : Definition


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Definitions of Corsair

Pronunciation : Cor"sair (kr"sr)
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [F. corsaire (cf. It. corsare, corsale, Pr. corsari), LL. corsarius, fr. L. cursus a running, course, whence Sp. corso cruise, corsa cruise, coasting voyage, corsear to cruise against the enemy, to pirate, corsario cruising, a privateer authorized to crui
Definition : 1. A pirate; one who cruises about without authorization from any government, to seize booty on sea or land.

2. A piratical vessel. Barbary corsairs . . . infested the coast of the Mediterranean. Prescott.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913


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