Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pirate, especially along the Barbary Coast.
  • noun A swift pirate ship, often operating with official sanction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any pirate-bug of the family Reduriidæ.
  • noun One who cruises or scours the ocean with an armed vessel, without a commission from any sovereign or state, seizing and plundering merchant vessels, or making booty on land; a pirate; a freebooter.
  • noun A piratical vessel; sometimes, a privateer.
  • noun A scorpænoid fish, Sebastichthys rosaceus, with smooth cranial ridges, moderate-sized scales, and pale blotches surrounded by purplish shades on the sides.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A pirate; one who cruises about without authorization from any government, to seize booty on sea or land.
  • noun A piratical vessel.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A Californian market fish (Sebastichthys rosaceus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A French privateer, especially from the port of St-Malo
  • noun A privateer or pirate in general
  • noun The ship of privateers or pirates, especially of French nationality
  • noun A nocturnal assassin bug of the genus Rasahus, found in the southern USA.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
  • noun a pirate along the Barbary Coast

Etymologies

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

[French corsaire, from Old Provençal corsari, from Old Italian corsaro, from Medieval Latin cursārius, from cursus, plunder, from Latin, run, course; see course.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French corsaire.

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  • "Though by the repeated bloody chastisements they have received at the hands of European cruisers, the audacity of these corsairs has of late been somewhat repressed; yet, even at the present day, we occasionally hear of English and American vessels, which, in those waters, have been remorselessly boarded and pillaged."

    Moby-Dick, ch. 87

    June 15, 2009

  • Oh, funny! I've only ever known this as a kind of puddle jumper.

    April 3, 2012