from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ship privately owned and crewed but authorized by a government during wartime to attack and capture enemy vessels.
- n. The commander or one of the crew of such a ship.
- intransitive v. To sail as a privateer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A privately owned warship that had official sanction to attack enemy ships and take possession of their cargo.
- n. An officer or any other member of the crew of such a ship.
- n. A private individual entrant into a race or competition who does not have the backing of a large, professional team.
- v. To function under official sanction permitting attacks on enemy shipping and seizing ship and cargo; to engage in government-sponsored piracy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See Letters of marque, under marque.
- n. The commander of a privateer.
- intransitive v. To cruise in a privateer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An armed vessel owned and officered by private persons, but acting under a commission from the state usually called letters of marque.
- n. The commander of, or a man serving on board of, a privateer.
- To cruise in a privateer for the purpose of seizing an enemy's ships or annoying his commerce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation
- n. an officer or crew member of a privateer
From private + -eer, on the model of volunteer. (Wiktionary)