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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: pirata, from Greek peirates, from peiran 'to attack'

pirate

1 noun
     
pi‧rate1 [countable]
1 someone who sails on the seas, attacking other boats and stealing things from them [↪ piracy]
2 someone who dishonestly copies and sells another person's work [↪ piracy]:
Computer game pirates cost the industry twenty million pounds a year.
3

pirate radio/TV (station)

AMT illegal radio or television broadcasts, or the station sending them out
piratical adjective literary

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