from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A model or brand of a manufactured product, especially an automobile.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Seizure.
  • noun Originally, a commission granted by the supreme authority of a state to a subject, empowering him to enter an enemy's territory and capture the goods or persons of the enemy in return for goods or persons taken by him.
  • noun In present usage, a license or extraordinary commission granted by a sovereign or the supreme power of a state to its citizens to make reprisals at sea on the subjects of another, under pretense of indemnification for injuries received—that is, a license to engage in privateering. Letters of marque were abolished among European nations by the treaty of Paris of 1856. The United States declined to accede to this agreement, but proposed that all innocent private property at sea be exempt from seizure by public armed vessels in time of war.
  • noun Hence— A private vessel commissioned to attack and capture the vessels of an enemy; a privateer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals.
  • noun a license or extraordinary commission granted by a government to a private person to fit out a privateer or armed ship to cruise at sea and make prize of the enemy's ships and merchandise. The ship so commissioned is sometimes called a letter of marque.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A license to pass the limits of a jurisdiction, or boundary of a country, for the purpose of making reprisals; a letter of marque
  • noun A brand of a manufactured product, especially a model of motor car

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a name given to a product or service


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French; see marquetry.]


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