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Definitions for jolly rogerˈrɒdʒ ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. Jolly Roger(Noun)

    the traditional flag used on European and American pirate ships; often pictured as a white skull and crossbones on a black field; the blackjack


  1. Jolly Roger

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jolly roger in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jolly roger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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