from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Laffite, Jean 1780?-1826? French pirate leader who aided U.S. troops in the War of 1812 in return for an official pardon for his crimes.

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  • n. French pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812 and received an official pardon for his crimes (1780-1826)


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  • In Jean Laffite, water was a foot deep under Eva Alexie's house, which is raised about eight feet off the flat ground.

    Tropical Storm Lee drifts just off Louisiana

  • I asked Ms. Leaf, referencing Bordeaux, as in Chateau Laffite, as I snatched a piece of delicious Toffee Taboo, the first real chocolate I'd had all day, from a counter as she looked the other way.

    Chocolate's Dark Cult

  • Andrew Jackson and Jean Laffite team up to protect New Orleans from British invaders, in this nonfiction book from Forrest Gump's creator.

    Cover to Cover

  • Laffite, Jean, as Jackson pal, 138; as co-savior of New Orleans, 138

    Who's Who

  • It took thirty-five minutes to stabilize Laffite and free him from what was left of the cockpit.

    Chequered Conflict

  • Johansson clipped the barrier surrounding the mouth of the tunnel but Laffite rammed the steelwork head-on.

    Chequered Conflict

  • As Kubica demonstrated so spectacularly in Montreal, had this happened in 2007, Laffite would have walked away.

    Chequered Conflict

  • Cars went everywhere, one of them, the Ferrari of Stefan Johansson, swerving right and forcing the Ligier of Jacques Laffite to do the same.

    Chequered Conflict

  • As Palmer sprinted to the aid of Laffite, the race was stopped.

    Chequered Conflict

  • Keith E. Gatling Syracuse, N. Y.Pardoning a Historical Hero As a translator of the memoirs of Jean Laffite (that's how he spelled his family name), I'd like to point out that your Feb. 26 graphic on presidential pardons ( "A Checkered Past," NATIONAL AFFAIRS) inaccurately implies that Laffite, along with his pirates, was pardoned by President James Madison for aiding the British in the War of 1812.

    Mail Call


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