buccaneer vs pirate what difference

what is difference between buccaneer and pirate

English

Alternative forms

  • bucanier (obsolete)
  • buccanier (archaic)

Etymology

From French boucanier, from boucaner (to smoke or broil meat and fish, to hunt wild beasts for their skins), from boucan ((Tupi-style) grill), from Old Tupi mokaém, bokaém (wooden grill).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌbʌkəˈnɪə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)

Noun

buccaneer (plural buccaneers)

  1. (nautical) Any of a group of seamen who cruised on their own account on the Spanish Main and in the Pacific in the 17th century, who were similar to pirates but did not prey on ships of their own nation.
  2. A pirate.

Synonyms

  • privateer, pirate, see also Thesaurus:pirate

Derived terms

  • buccaneering
  • buccaneerish

Translations

Verb

buccaneer (third-person singular simple present buccaneers, present participle buccaneering, simple past and past participle buccaneered)

  1. To engage in piracy against any but one’s own nation’s ships.
    • 1963, John Day, Arthur Henry Bullen (editor), The Works of John Day, page v
      In 1596 and 1597 he bucaneered against Sao Thomi, the Portuguese slaving settlement off the coast of West Africa, and in the Spanish Main

See also

  • Jolly Roger
  • skull and crossbones


English

Etymology

From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratḗs), from πεῖρα (peîra, trial, attempt, plot).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹɪt/, /ˈpaɪ̯(ə)ɹət/

Noun

pirate (plural pirates)

  1. A criminal who plunders at sea; commonly attacking merchant vessels, though often pillaging port towns.
  2. An armed ship or vessel that sails for the purpose of plundering other vessels.
  3. One who breaks intellectual property laws by reproducing protected works without permission
    • 2001, unidentified insider, quoted in John Alderman, Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music, Da Capo Press, →ISBN, page 178:
      And Gnutella, Freenet and other pirate tools will offer plunderings beyond Fanning’s fantasies.
    • 2008, Martha Vicinus, Caroline Eisner, Originality, Imitation, and Plagiarism: Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, page 21:
      If we untangle the claim that technology has turned Johnny Teenager into a pirate, what turns out to be fueling it is the idea that if Johnny Teenager were to share his unauthorized copy with two million of his closest friends the effect on a record company would be pretty similar to the effect of some CD factory’s creating two million CDs and selling them cheap.
  4. (ornithology) A bird which practises kleptoparasitism.
  5. A kind of marble in children’s games.
    • 1999, Abdelkader Benali, Susan Massotty, Wedding by the Sea (page 60)
      Most of the time it went fine; some of his classmates had so many marbles they could have opened up their own shop in smurfs, pirates, purple aggies and pink panthers.

Synonyms

  • (one who plunders at sea): buccaneer, corsair, see also Thesaurus:pirate
  • (one who breaks intellectual property laws by copying): bootlegger

Related terms

Translations

Verb

pirate (third-person singular simple present pirates, present participle pirating, simple past and past participle pirated)

  1. (transitive) To appropriate by piracy, plunder at sea.
    They pirated the tanker and sailed to a port where they could sell the ship and cargo.
  2. (transitive, intellectual property) To create and/or sell an unauthorized copy of
  3. (transitive, intellectual property) To knowingly obtain an unauthorized copy of
    Not willing to pay full price for the computer game, Heidi pirated a copy.
    • 2002, John Sayle Watterson, College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy, page 343
      In the 1970s cable companies began to pirate some of the football games that the networks had contracted to televise.
    • 2007, Diane Kresh, Council on Library and Information Resources, The Whole Digital Library Handbook, page 85
      Many college students now expect to sample, if not outright pirate, movies, music, software, and TV programs.
  4. (intransitive) To engage in piracy.
    He pirated in the Atlantic for years before becoming a privateer for the Queen.
  5. (transitive, intransitive, Philippines) To entice an employee to switch from a competing company to one’s own.

Synonyms

  • (appropriate by piracy):
  • (make illegal copy): plagiarize, counterfeit
  • (engage in piracy):

Translations

Adjective

pirate (comparative more pirate, superlative most pirate)

  1. Illegally imitated or reproduced, said of a trademarked product or copyrighted work, or of the counterfeit itself.

Synonyms

  • pirated
  • counterfeit

Translations

See also

  • Jolly Roger
  • skull and crossbones

Anagrams

  • eartip, pratie, pteria

Esperanto

Etymology

pirato (a pirate, noun) +‎ -e.

Adverb

pirate

  1. piratically

Related terms

  • pirata (piratical)
  • pirati (to pirate)

French

Etymology

From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pi.ʁat/

Noun

pirate m or f (plural pirates)

  1. pirate

Synonyms

  • boucanier m
  • corsaire m
  • flibustier m

Derived terms

Anagrams

  • paitre, paître, parité, partie, patrie, prêtai, repait, repaît

Further reading

  • “pirate” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Norman

Etymology

From Old French pirate, from Latin pīrāta, from Ancient Greek πειρατής (peiratḗs), from πεῖρα (peîra, trial, attempt, plot).

Noun

pirate m (plural pirates)

  1. (Jersey) pirate

Old French

Etymology

From Latin pīrāta.

Noun

pirate m (oblique plural pirates, nominative singular pirates, nominative plural pirate)

  1. pirate (one who attacks watercraft)

Descendants

  • Middle French: pirate
    • French: pirate
    • Dutch: piraat
  • Norman: pirate
  • Middle English: pirate
    • English: pirate

References

  • Godefroy, Frédéric, Dictionnaire de l’ancienne langue française et de tous ses dialectes du IXe au XVe siècle (1881) (pirate, supplement)

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