Definitions for jolly rogerˈrɒdʒ ər
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Jol′ly Rog′erˈrɒdʒ ər(n.)
a flag flown by pirates, having a white skull and crossbones on a black field.
Category: Nautical, Navy
Origin of Jolly Roger:
black flag, pirate flag, Jolly Roger, blackjack(noun)
a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
the traditional flag used on European and American pirate ships; often pictured as a white skull and crossbones on a black field; the blackjack
The Jolly Roger is any of various flags flown to identify a ship's crew as pirates that were about to attack. The flag most commonly identified as the Jolly Roger today is the skull and crossbones, a flag consisting of a human skull above two long bones set in an x-mark arrangement, most usually depicted crossing each other directly under the skull and not behind it in any way, on a black field. This design was used by several pirates, including Captains "Black Sam" Bellamy, Edward England, and John Taylor. Some Jolly Roger flags also include an hourglass, another common symbol representing death in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. Despite its prominence in popular culture, plain black flags were often employed by most pirates in the 17th-18th century. Historically, the flag was flown to frighten pirates' victims into surrendering without a fight, since it conveyed the message that the attackers were outlaws who would not consider themselves bound by the usual rules of engagement—and might, therefore, slaughter those they defeated. The same message was sometimes conveyed by a red flag, as discussed below.
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