- A pirate or lawless adventurer.More example sentences
- Powerful merchant companies drove the process forward, and on the outermost fringe or cutting edge of empire, the aggressive initiative often came from a bizarre mixture of adventurers, freebooters, and pirates.
- Hence the term ‘filibuster,’ derived from the Spanish filibustero, or freebooter, meaning ‘pirate.’
- Cantankerous, colorful, and roiled by clashing personalities, this eclectic confederacy of dirtbags, freebooters, and aristocrats represents the crowning ambition of working guides all across America.
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- Similar standards did not exist elsewhere in a world much beset by brigandage, freebooting, dacoity and the insolence of outlaws.
- But it would be small, often mutually competitive units of traders, freebooting adventurers, and penitential pilgrims who would make the running in the Mediterranean.
- Like many other impecunious Caribbean drifters at the time, Dampier slipped into a life of freebooting and buccaneering, hopping from ship to ship, raiding Spanish vessels and towns.
late 16th century: from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrij 'free' + buit 'booty', + the noun suffix -er. Compare with filibuster.