from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage: plunder a village.
- transitive v. To seize wrongfully or by force; steal: plundered the supplies.
- intransitive v. To take booty; rob.
- n. The act or practice of plundering.
- n. Property stolen by fraud or force; booty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pillage, take or destroy all the goods of, by force (as in war); to raid, sack.
- v. To take by force or wrongfully; to commit robbery or looting, to raid.
- v. To make extensive (over)use of, as if by plundering; to use or use up wrongfully.
- n. An instance of plundering
- n. The loot attained by plundering
- n. baggage; luggage
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take the goods of by force, or without right; to pillage; to spoil; to sack; to strip; to rob.
- transitive v. To take by pillage; to appropriate forcibly.
- n. The act of plundering or pillaging; robbery. See Syn. of pillage.
- n. That which is taken by open force from an enemy; pillage; spoil; booty; also, that which is taken by theft or fraud.
- n. Personal property and effects; baggage or luggage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Household or personal effects; baggage; luggage.
- n. The act of plundering; robbery.
- n. That which is taken from an enemy by force; pillage; prey; spoil; booty.
- n. Hence, that which is taken by theft, robbery, or fraud: as, the cashier escaped with his plunder.
- To take goods or valuables forcibly from; pillage; spoil; strip; rob.
- To take by pillage or open force: as, the enemy plundered all the goods they found.
- Synonyms To despoil, sack, rifle, ravage. See pillage, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. goods or money obtained illegally
- v. destroy and strip of its possession
- v. plunder (a town) after capture
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
- v. take illegally; of intellectual property
German plündern, from Middle High German plundern, from Middle Low German plunder, household goods.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1632 (during the Thirty Years War, native British use since the Cromwellian Civil War), from Hutterisch plunderen ("to plunder, originally "to take away household furniture"") (Dutch plunderen) from plunder ("household goods, clothes ("lumber, baggage," 14c.)"); akin to Middle Dutch plunder ("household goods"), West Frisian plunje and Dutch plunje ("clothes"). (Wiktionary)