What does pirate mean?

Definitions for pirate
ˈpaɪ rətpi·rate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plagiarist, plagiarizer, plagiariser, literary pirate, piratenoun

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

  2. pirate, buccaneer, sea robber, sea rovernoun

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

  3. pirate, pirate shipverb

    a ship that is manned by pirates

  4. pirateverb

    copy illegally; of published material

  5. commandeer, hijack, highjack, pirateverb

    take arbitrarily or by force

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


  1. piratenoun

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

  2. piratenoun

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

  3. pirateverb

    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. pirateverb

    To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of

  5. pirateverb

    To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of

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

  6. pirateverb

    To engage in piracy.

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

  7. pirateadjective

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

  8. Piratenoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PIRATEnoun

    Etymology: ϖειϱατής; pirata, Lat. pirate, Fr.

    Wrangling pirates that fall out
    In sharing that which you have pill’d from me. William Shakespeare.

    Pirates all nations are to prosecute, not so much in the right of their own fears, as upon the band of human society. Francis Bacon.

    Relate, if business or the thirst of gain
    Engage your journey o’er the pathless main,
    Where savage pirates seek through seas unknown
    The lives of others, vent’rous of their own. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Pirateverb

    To take by robbery.

    Etymology: pirater, Fr.

    They publickly advertised, they would pirate his edition. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Pirateverb

    To rob by sea.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    When they were a little got out of their former condition, they robbed at land and pirated by sea. Arbuthnot.

    Nabis possessed himself of the coast near to Sparta, and there pirated outrageously upon all the Peloponnesian trade. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.



    The Eurofighter Typhoon is a European multinational twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter. The Typhoon was designed originally as an air-superiority fighter and is manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo that conducts the majority of the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH. The NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency, representing the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain, manages the project and is the prime customer.The aircraft's development effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme, a multinational collaboration among the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Previously, Germany, Italy and the UK had jointly developed and deployed the Panavia Tornado combat aircraft and desired to collaborate on a new project, with additional participating EU nations. However disagreements over design authority and operational requirements led France to leave the consortium to develop the Dassault Rafale independently. A technology demonstration aircraft, the British Aerospace EAP, first flew on 6 August 1986; a Eurofighter prototype made its maiden flight on 27 March 1994. The aircraft's name, Typhoon, was adopted in September 1998 and the first production contracts were also signed that year. The sudden end of the Cold War reduced European demand for fighter aircraft and led to debate over the aircraft's cost and work share and protracted the Typhoon's development: the Typhoon entered operational service in 2003 and is now in service with the air forces of Austria, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Kuwait and Qatar have also ordered the aircraft, bringing the procurement total to 623 aircraft as of 2019. The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly agile aircraft, designed to be an effective dogfighter in combat. Later production aircraft have been increasingly better equipped to undertake air-to-surface strike missions and to be compatible with an increasing number of different armaments and equipment, including Storm Shadow, Brimstone and Marte ER missiles. The Typhoon had its combat debut during the 2011 military intervention in Libya with the UK's Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Italian Air Force, performing aerial reconnaissance and ground-strike missions. The type has also taken primary responsibility for air-defence duties for the majority of customer nations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Piratenoun

    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. Piratenoun

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

  3. Piratenoun

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

  4. Pirateverb

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

  5. Pirateverb

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

  6. Etymology: [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.)

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  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. Mark Karpeles:

    This is probably going to be disappointing for you, but I am not and have never been Dread Pirate Roberts, the investigation reached that conclusion already - this is why I am not the one sitting during the Silk Road trial, and I can only feel defense attorney Joshua Dratel trying everything he can to point the attention away from his client.

  2. 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.

  3. Mikhail Gershkovich:

    Our suit against Twitch is to defend our exclusive rights to broadcast English Premier League matches and we will continue to actively combat pirate broadcasts, we're currently holding talks with Twitch to sign a settlement agreement. The service has given us tools to combat pirate broadcasts and we are now only talking about compensation for damages between August and November.

  4. Karen Martyn:

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

  5. Steve Jobs:

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

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