What does pirate mean?

Definitions for pirate
ˈpaɪ rətpi·rate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pirate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plagiarist, plagiarizer, plagiariser, literary pirate, pirate(noun)

    someone who uses another person's words or ideas as if they were his own

  2. pirate, buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover(noun)

    someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation

  3. pirate, pirate ship(verb)

    a ship that is manned by pirates

  4. pirate(verb)

    copy illegally; of published material

  5. commandeer, hijack, highjack, pirate(verb)

    take arbitrarily or by force

    "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"


  1. pirate(Noun)

    A criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns.

  2. pirate(Noun)

    One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission

  3. pirate(Verb)

    To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea.

    They pirated the tanker and sailed to a port where they could sell the ship and cargo.

  4. pirate(Verb)

    To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of

  5. pirate(Verb)

    To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of

    Not willing to pay full price for the computer game, Heidi pirated a copy.

  6. pirate(Verb)

    To engage in piracy.

    He pirated in the Atlantic for years before becoming a privateer for the Queen.

  7. pirate(Adjective)

    Illegaly imitated or reproduced, said of a well-known trademarked product or work subject to copyright protection and the counterfeit itself.

  8. Pirate(Noun)

    someone connected with any of a number of sports teams known as the Pirates, as a fan, player, coach etc.

  9. Origin: From pirate, from pirata, from πειρατής, from πεῖρα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pirate(noun)

    a robber on the high seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on the high seas; especially, one who makes it his business to cruise for robbery or plunder; a freebooter on the seas; also, one who steals in a harbor

  2. Pirate(noun)

    an armed ship or vessel which sails without a legal commission, for the purpose of plundering other vessels on the high seas

  3. Pirate(noun)

    one who infringes the law of copyright, or publishes the work of an author without permission

  4. Pirate(verb)

    to play the pirate; to practice robbery on the high seas

  5. Pirate(verb)

    to publish, as books or writings, without the permission of the author

  6. Origin: [L. pirata, Gr. , fr. to attempt, undertake, from making attempts or attacks on ships, an attempt, trial; akin to E. peril: cf. F. pirate. See Peril.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pirate

    pī′rāt, n. one who, without authority, attempts to capture ships at sea: a sea-robber: an armed vessel which, without legal right, plunders other vessels at sea: one who steals or infringes a copyright.—v.t. to rob at sea: to take without permission, as books or writings.—n. Pī′racy, the crime of a pirate: robbery on the high seas: infringement of copyright.—adjs. Pirat′ic, -al, pertaining to a pirate: practising piracy.—adv. Pirat′ically. [Fr.,—L. pirata—Gr. peiratēspeiraein, to attempt.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pirate

    A sea-robber, yet the word pirata has been formerly taken for a sea-captain. Also, an armed ship that roams the seas without any legal commission, and seizes or plunders every vessel she meets; their colours are said to be a black field with a skull, a battle-axe, and an hour-glass. (See PRAHU.)

Suggested Resources

  1. pirate

    Song lyrics by pirate -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by pirate on the Lyrics.com website.

How to pronounce pirate?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say pirate in sign language?

  1. pirate


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pirate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pirate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of pirate in a Sentence

  1. Steve Jobs:

    It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

  2. Karen Martyn:

    I’ve got the formal Pastafarian Ministeroni outfit and I've got the more pirate-y one.

  3. Steve Jobs:

    Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. It’s better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

  4. Saethor Asgeirsson:

    I voted for the Pirate Party last time and I will do so again. It is time for something new on the table.

  5. Zak Sutcliffe:

    There isn't a single 14-year-old I know who doesn't want to fly, ride a pirate ship and fight Stanley Tucci.

Images & Illustrations of pirate

  1. piratepiratepiratepiratepirate

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for pirate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pirate »


Find a translation for the pirate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these pirate definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pirate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 28 Jan. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pirate>.

Are we missing a good definition for pirate? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pirate:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.