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A person who pillages and plunders, especially a pirate.

[Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit, plunder : vrij, free; see prī- in Indo-European roots + buit, booty (from Middle Dutch būte, of Middle Low German origin).]


1. a person, such as a pirate, living from plunder
2. a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
[C16: from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit booty; see filibuster]


(ˈfriˌbu tər)

a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
[1560–70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freebooter - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)freebooter - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover, pirate - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
stealer, thief - a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it


[ˈfriːbuːtəʳ] Nfilibustero m
References in classic literature ?
To-morrow I would be an oyster pirate, as free a freebooter as the century and the waters of San Francisco Bay would permit.
He was a genial freebooter, living off the enemy, without fear or shame.
If Crooks and M'Lellan had been exasperated by the insolent conduct of the Sioux Tetons, and the loss which it had occasioned, those freebooters had been no less indignant at being outwitted by the white men, and disappointed of their anticipated gains, and it was apprehended they would be particularly hostile against the present expedition, when they should learn that these gentlemen were engaged in it.