• (British) IPA: /pɹaɪvəˈtɪə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌpɹaɪvəˈtɪəɹ/

privateer (plural privateers)

  1. (historical) A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo. [from 17th c.]
  2. (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 (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
      [from 17th c.]
  3. An advocate or beneficiary of privatization of a government service or activity.
  4. (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
Translations Verb

privateer (privateers, present participle privateering; past and past participle privateered)

  1. To function under official sanction permitting attacks on enemy shipping and seizing ship and cargo; to engage in government-sponsored piracy. [from 17th c.]
  2. To advocate or benefit from privatization of government services.

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