Definition of privateering in US English:



  • See privateer

    • ‘Much is made of a claim that the growth of St Peter Port was based on privateering rather than trade, but such an interpretation is not especially new.’
    • ‘The seizure of English shipping in Spain in May 1585 initiated the largest single explosion of privateering, which was to last for the remainder of the century.’
    • ‘In part, English success in penetrating Mediterranean markets was due to the prevalence of war and privateering.’
    • ‘Piracy against the ships of a hostile nation was perfectly legal - privateering, as it was called, was a lucrative industry.’
    • ‘Throughout, Lehman contends that, contrary to the views of many historians, privateering had a significant impact on the outcome of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.’