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cor·sair

 (kôr′sâr′)
n.
1. A pirate or privateer, especially along the Barbary Coast.
2. A swift pirate ship, often operating with official sanction.

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

corsair

(ˈkɔːsɛə)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a pirate
2. (Nautical Terms) a privateer, esp of the Barbary Coast
[C15: from Old French corsaire pirate, from Medieval Latin cursārius, from Latin cursus a running, course]

cor•sair

(ˈkɔr sɛər)

n.
1. a fast pirate ship.
2. a pirate, esp. of the Barbary Coast.
[1540–50; < Middle French corsaire < Occitan corsar(i) < Upper Italian corsaro < Medieval Latin cursārius= Latin curs(us) course + -ārius -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.corsair - a pirate along the Barbary Coastcorsair - a pirate along the Barbary Coast  
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
2.corsair - a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
pirate ship, pirate - a ship that is manned by pirates

corsair

noun pirate, rover, buccaneer, freebooter, sea rover Treasure galleons were often attacked by corsairs and pirates.
Translations

corsair

[ˈkɔːsɛəʳ] Ncorsario m

corsair

n (= ship)Piratenschiff nt, → Korsar m; (= pirate)Pirat m, → Korsar m
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Know that I doat on Corsairs; and for that reason, sing it con spirito."
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