letter of marque

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letter of marque

or

letters of marque

n
1. a licence granted by a state to a private citizen to arm a ship and seize merchant vessels of another nation
2. a similar licence issued by a nation allowing a private citizen to seize goods or citizens of another nation
Also called: letter of marque and reprisal

let′ter

(or let′ters) of marque′,


n.
license granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation. Also called let′ter of marque′ and repris′al.
[1400–50]
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Noun1.letter of marque - a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation
license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something