What does the word privateer mean?

Usage examples for privateer

  1. That is the privateer La Doutelle, one of the fastest little vessels on the coast. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty
  2. But, Mrs St. Felix, if it had not been for that good spy- glass you gave me, I never should have discovered the privateer, and we should not have been prepared for her. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat