Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A black flag bearing the emblematic white skull and crossbones of a pirate ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Invading City Hall In Corpus Christi, Texas, an annual pirate-theme festival, Buc Days, began Thursday with a garishly grinning scurvy soul dubbed Jolly Roger as the mascot.

    Real Pirates Have Taken the 'Ho Ho' Out of 'Yo Ho Ho' for Cap'n Slappy

  • Mr Waterman said he considered registering a company called Jolly Roger at his house so he could keep the skull and crossbones, but his landlord would not allow it.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • One time in Laguna Beach I slept with a girl I met at this café, the Jolly Roger, I think, when we went back to my apartment and had unprotected sex.

    truth be known

  • It relives the golden age of piracy with artifacts - such as one of only two surviving Jolly Roger flags in the world, a journal about Captain Kidd's final voyage and shipwreck treasure dating back to the 16th century.

    Mickey Goodman: Family Fun - 48-Hours in St. Augustine, Florida

  • Douglas Brinkley joins the “real” Captain Jack Sparrow aboard his 156-foot yacht, flying the Jolly Roger all the way to a gonzo paradise.

    July 2009 Table of Contents

  • But to be called on to gallop ventre � terre to Erith — it might have been Deal — and hoist the Jolly Roger on board your lugger, was like casting a light comedian and first lover for

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • Do you leave razor-sharp creases in his shirts like employee-of-the-month at the Jolly Roger motel?

    Why Men Marry Bitches

  • Sleek looking gloss interior and black matte exterior with the Jolly Roger on one side and "ARRRRRGGH..." on the other.

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • "You think I'm poor old Jolly Roger?" hooted the captain.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • You just let old Jolly Roger go his ways and you never be a telltale, okay?

    The Life of the World to Come

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