from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A model or brand of a manufactured product, especially an automobile.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals; a letter of marque
- n. A brand of a manufactured product, especially a model of motor car
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Seizure.
- n. Originally, a commission granted by the supreme authority of a state to a subject, empowering him to enter an enemy's territory and capture the goods or persons of the enemy in return for goods or persons taken by him.
- n. In present usage, a license or extraordinary commission granted by a sovereign or the supreme power of a state to its citizens to make reprisals at sea on the subjects of another, under pretense of indemnification for injuries received—that is, a license to engage in privateering. Letters of marque were abolished among European nations by the treaty of Paris of 1856. The United States declined to accede to this agreement, but proposed that all innocent private property at sea be exempt from seizure by public armed vessels in time of war.
- n. Hence— A private vessel commissioned to attack and capture the vessels of an enemy; a privateer.
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- n. a name given to a product or service
French, from Old French; see marquetry.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)