American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A black flag bearing the emblematic white skull and crossbones of a pirate ship.
- 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
- n. a flag usually bearing a white skull and crossbones on a black background; indicates a pirate ship
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At Tintin’s shout the Jolly Roger was run up the mast, and a pair of men rose on the bowsprit and dropped onto the deck of the sloop.”
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