privateer (plural privateers)
- (historical) A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo. [from 17th c.]
- (historical) An officer or any other member of the crew of such a ship. [from 17th c.]
- 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 25, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume ([from 17th c.]
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- An advocate or beneficiary of privatization of a government service or activity.
- (motor racing, chiefly North America) A private individual entrant into a race or competition who does not have the backing of a large, professional team. [from 20th c.]
- German: Kaperschiff
- Italian: nave corsara
- Portuguese: navio corsário
- Spanish: buque corsario
privateer (privateers, present participle privateering; past and past participle privateered)
- To function under official sanction permitting attacks on enemy shipping and seizing ship and cargo; to engage in government-sponsored piracy. [from 17th c.]
- To advocate or benefit from privatization of government services.