Freebooter Free"boot`er, n. [D. vrijbuiter, fr. vrijbuiten to plunder; vrij free + buit booty, akin to E. booty. See {Free}, and {Booty}, and cf. {Filibuster}.] One who plunders or pillages without the authority of national warfare; a member of a predatory band; a pillager; a buccaneer; a sea robber. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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