Meaning of “buccaneer” in the English Dictionary


"buccaneer" in English

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buccaneernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbʌk.əˈnɪər/ us /ˌbʌk.əˈnɪr/

Examples from literature

  • As soon as night had fallen the buccaneers weighed anchor. 
  • But the difficulty has been to define the exact meaning of a pirate and of a buccaneer. 
  • The buccaneers of the olden days were certainly men of the greatest bravery. 
  • There was a buccaneer ship about to sail from Jamaica, and on this Morgan enlisted. 
  • This, of course, the citizens were glad enough to do, and when the buccaneers had carried to the ships everything they had stolen, and when the beef had been put on board, they sailed away. 

(Definition of “buccaneer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"buccaneer" in Business English

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buccaneernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbʌkəˈnɪər/ us

a business person who is determined to succeed even if this involves taking big risks:

These mercantile buccaneers are always wildly in favour of the free market.

(Definition of “buccaneer” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)