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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.]
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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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||corsair - a pirate along the Barbary Coast|
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noun pirate, rover, buccaneer, freebooter, sea rover Treasure galleons were often attacked by corsairs and pirates.
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corsair[ˈkɔːsɛəʳ] N → corsario m
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