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privateer (n.)

1660s, "private man of war," from private (adj.), probably on model of volunteer, buccaneer.

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Definitions of privateer from WordNet

privateer (n.)
an officer or crew member of a privateer;
Synonyms: privateersman
privateer (n.)
a privately owned warship commissioned to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation;
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