Definition of buccaneer in English:


Syllabification: buc·ca·neer
Pronunciation: /ˌbəkəˈnir


1A pirate, originally off the Spanish-American coasts.
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  • These pirates or buccaneers were part of the French fleet as Curacao would have been a rich prize for these pirates who were always on the lookout for rich pickings.
  • The most famous buccaneers have been shrouded in legend and folklore for so long that it's almost impossible to distinguish between myth and reality.
  • At one time, it used to be said that boys liked books about adventures in strange lands, with plenty of fights, a few buccaneers, hoodlums and cowboys thrown in.
1.1A daring, adventurous, and sometimes reckless person, especially in business: [as modifier]: a shrewd and buccaneering businessman
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  • Even if most Americans are not aware that subsidy shakedowns debilitate local budgets, they do know the names of the corporate buccaneers who have wrecked retirement plans and kicked the slats out of an already wobbly economy.
  • The people she envied were men, the merchant venturers, the buccaneers of capitalism.
  • Easy headlines, a strong balance sheet make for a touch of ‘romance’, the image of a business buccaneer.


mid 17th century (originally denoting European hunters in the Caribbean): from French boucanier, from boucan 'a frame on which to cook or cure meat', from Tupi mukem.

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