[kawr-sair] /ˈkɔr sɛər/

a fast ship used for piracy.
a pirate, especially formerly of the Barbary Coast.
(initial capital letter) Military. a gull-winged, propeller-driven fighter plane built for the U.S. Navy in World War II and kept in service into the early 1950s.
a pirate
a privateer, esp of the Barbary Coast

1540s, from Middle French corsaire (15c.), from Provençal cursar, Italian corsaro, from Medieval Latin cursarius “pirate,” from Latin cursus “course, a running,” from currere “to run” (see current (adj.)). Meaning of the Medieval Latin verb evolved from “course” to “journey” to “expedition” to an expedition specifically for plunder.


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