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 Dictionary entry overview: What does corsair mean? 

CORSAIR (noun)
  The noun CORSAIR has 2 senses:

1. a pirate along the Barbary coast
2. a swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)

  Familiarity information: CORSAIR used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CORSAIR (noun)

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A pirate along the Barbary coast

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


Barbary pirate; corsair

Hypernyms ("corsair" is a kind of...):

buccaneer; pirate; sea robber; sea rover (someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation)

Instance hyponyms:

Barbarossa; Khayr ad-Din (Barbary pirate (died in 1546))

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A swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("corsair" is a kind of...):

pirate; pirate ship (a ship that is manned by pirates)

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