Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “piracy”

See all translations

piracy

noun [U] uk   /ˈpaɪ.rə.si/ us    /ˈpaɪr.ə-/

piracy noun [U] (SHIPS)

the act of attacking ships in order to steal from them: Piracy is alive and flourishing on the world's commercial sea lanes.

piracy noun [U] (MOVIES/MUSIC)

the act of illegally copying a computer program, music, a film, etc. and selling it: software/video piracy
Translations of “piracy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 水手, 海盜搶劫…
in Russian пиратство, нарушение авторского права…
in Turkish korsanlık, (film, müzik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 水手, 海盗抢劫…
in Polish piractwo…
(Definition of piracy from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of piracy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “piracy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More