vrijbuiter

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vrij (free) +‎ buit (booty) +‎ -er (agent suffix); same construction as English freebooter. In contrast to a kaper who had a license for his activities from a prince but needed to share his booty with him, "vrijbuiters" sold their booty freely, relinquishing any claim of legality.

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Noun[edit]

vrijbuiter m (plural vrijbuiters, diminutive vrijbuitertje n)

  1. freebooter