Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A robber; a pirate; a rogue or rascal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A robber; a pirate; hence, loosely, a rogue or rascal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thief; robber; highwayman; rogue.
  • n. In the Philippine Islands, among American soldiers, a hostile Filipino soldier or ‘insurgent.’

Etymologies

Spanish ladron, Latin latro servant, robber. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He saw the almost savage look that came over her swarthy face, and knew that after all, such a woman was fully as much to be feared as the stoutest ladrone.

    Pathfinder or, The Missing Tenderfoot

  • But they had already discovered that he could be bullied, and they had it their own way; and presently Selwyn lay prone upon the nursery floor, impersonating a ladrone while pleasant shivers chased themselves over

    The Younger Set

  • Italy that Napoleon is known there to this day as _il gran ladrone_ and the chief duty of the new French officials in Italy, said Lucien

    The Story of Paris

  • And outside of a few genocidal romps against the American Indian and the "pockmarked Khadiak ladrone" Filipinos, the population had not perhaps yet acquired the taste for blood, booty, and blitzkrieg that now so exemplifies The American Way.

    CounterPunch

  • Exactly as our aim is to give to the Indian who remains peaceful the fullest and amplest consideration, but to have it understood that we will show no weakness if he goes on the warpath, so we must make it evident, unless we are false to our own traditions and to the demands of civilization and humanity, that while we will do everything in our power for the Filipino who is peaceful, we will take the sternest measures with the Filipino who follows the path of the insurrecto and the ladrone.

    State of the Union Address (1790-2001)

  • Your master will probably think you deserted him, as your sort of wandering ladrone so often does. "

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

  • German ladrone who wants to come down and loot our country, "said Marco.

    The Saracen: Land of the Infidel

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