from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
- n. A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a group of seamen who cruised on their own account on the Spanish Main and in the Pacific in the 17th century; similar to pirates but did not prey on ships of their own nation.
- n. A pirate.
- v. To engage in piracy against any but one's own nation's ships.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- intransitive v. To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. live like a buccaneer
- n. someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
French boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupi mukém, rack.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)