A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z
- 1 B
- 1.1 Bailiff
- 1.2 Banana
- 1.3 Bargain
- 1.4 Batten down the hatches
- 1.5 Bayonet
- 1.6 Bearing
- 1.7 Before the mast
- 1.8 Belay
- 1.9 Betrayal
- 1.10 Bicorne
- 1.11 Bilge
- 1.12 Bilge rat
- 1.13 Black gold
- 1.14 Black magic
- 1.15 Blackguard
- 1.16 Blacksmith
- 1.17 Blood money
- 1.18 Blow me down
- 1.19 Board
- 1.20 Bone
- 1.21 Bootlegger
- 1.22 Bounty
- 1.23 Bow
- 1.24 Bowsprit
- 1.25 Bribe
- 1.26 Brig
- 1.27 Brothel
- 1.28 Brujos
- 1.29 Buccaneer
- 1.30 Burgoo
- 1.31 Byzantine Empire
- 2 Notes and references
B[edit | edit source]
Bailiff[edit | edit source]
Banana[edit | edit source]
An edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa.
Bargain could mean some of the following:
- The process whereby buyer and seller agree the price of goods or services. See bargaining.
- An agreement to exchange goods at a price
- Such an agreement where one of the parties thinks the price is very favourable.
Batten down the hatches[edit | edit source]
- "Batten down the hatches! Stand to your guns. Midship cannoneers, sight the masts."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs
A phrase meaning to cover the topside hatches to the lower decks with canvas covers during a storm to prevent water from getting belowdecks. It can also simply mean beware or get ready for something bad.
Bayonet[edit | edit source]
Bearing[edit | edit source]
The horizontal angle between the direction of an object and that of true north; subject to variation and deviation when taken by a magnetic compass. Direction or relative position.
Before the mast[edit | edit source]
- "One hundred years before the mast. Losing who you were, bit by bit. 'Til you end up, end up like poor Wyvern here. Once you've sworn an oath to the Dutchman, there's no leaving it. Not until your debt is paid."
- ―Bootstrap Bill Turner
Referring to a common sailor, derived from a sailor's position in the forecastle, forward of the foremast; also used to refer to an unlicensed sailor.  It also means to take an oath as a loyal crewman, usually done while standing on deck before the commanding officer.
Belay[edit | edit source]
To stop what you are doing, commonly given as an order to a ship's crew. Literally means to tie something down or make it fast.
Betrayal[edit | edit source]
The breaking or violation of a presumptive contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral and psychological conflict within a relationship amongst individuals, between organizations or between individuals and organizations.
The bicorne or bicorn (two-cornered) was an archaic form of hat widely adopted in the 18th century as an item of uniform by European military and naval officers. It was most notably worn by officers of the East India Trading Company.
Bilge[edit | edit source]
- The rounded portion of a ship's hull, forming a transition between the bottom and the sides;
- To damage a ship's hull so as to create an entry for seawater.
- Slang for nonsense or stupid talk.
Bilge rat[edit | edit source]
An insulting name given by pirates. It can also refer to a rat living in the bilge of a ship, considered the lowliest creature by pirates, but many pirates take to eating the animals to survive.
Black gold[edit | edit source]
Another term for a black slave.
Black magic[edit | edit source]
Alternatively spelled as "Blaggard", it could mean a scoundrel, an unprincipled contemptible person, or an untrustworthy person. Some people, like Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones, were called blackguards by their actions. It is also a verb, meaning to revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
Blacksmith[edit | edit source]
The profession of a person who creates objects from iron or steel by "forging" the metal (by using hand tools to hammer, bend, cut and otherwise shape it in its non-liquid form). Blacksmiths work in forges or smithys, such as John Brown's smithy, where Will Turner worked as Mr. Brown's apprentice.
Blood money[edit | edit source]
- "This is Aztec gold. One of 882 identical pieces they delivered in a stone chest to Cortés himself. Blood money paid to stem the slaughter he wreaked upon them with his armies. But the greed of Cortés was insatiable. So the heathen gods placed upon the gold...a terrible curse."
- ―Hector Barbossa to Elizabeth Swann
Money paid by a killer, or on his behalf, to one of his victims' next of kin.
Blow me down[edit | edit source]
A saying after being told of something surprising, shocking or unexpected.
Board[edit | edit source]
Board could mean the following:
- The side of a ship;
- One leg, or tack, of the course of a ship beating to windward;
- The act of "boarding", or entering, a ship ("board"; "on board"; "aboard");
- For a ship to come up alongside another, commonly to attack;
- To "go by the board", to go over the ship's side
Bone[edit | edit source]
- "Puts a chill in the bones how many honest sailors have been claimed by this passage."
- ―Joshamee Gibbs
A bone is a rigid organ that constitutes part of the vertebrate skeleton. Bones support and protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells, store minerals, provide structure and support for the body, and enable mobility. However, little or no calcium can weaken the bones, endangering the organs.
In many religions, bones are considered symbols of death, which is why bones are commonly seen in Jolly Rogers.
Bootlegger[edit | edit source]
Someone who makes or sells illegal liquor.
Bounty[edit | edit source]
An amount of money given to somebody for their services to someone.
Bow[edit | edit source]
Bowsprit[edit | edit source]
A pole (or spar) extending forward from the vessel's prow.
Bribe[edit | edit source]
- "You know my father was an admiral—and a traitor. He patrolled these very waters, took bribes from pirates—gold and silver—allowed them to sail with impunity!"
- ―Armando Salazar
Money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust.
Brig[edit | edit source]
Brothel[edit | edit source]
A brothel is an establishment dedicated to prostitution, providing the prostitutes a place to meet and to have sexual intercourse with clients.
Brujos[edit | edit source]
Brujería is the Spanish word for witchcraft, also referring to a mystical sect of male witches in the southernmost part of Argentina. Both men and women could be brujos and brujas, respectively. Having studied Voodoo to his own ends, the infamous pirate Blackbeard became a brujo.
Another term for a Caribbean pirate, commonly any pirate and privateer who raided Spanish colonies and ships along the American coast in the second half of the 17th century. The most common buccaneer haunts were Tortuga, Jamaica and Hispaniola.
Burgoo[edit | edit source]
A thick oatmeal gruel or porridge eaten for breakfast. Being cheap and easy to provision, it was served excessively on ships and was reputed to be unloved by seamen.
Byzantine Empire[edit | edit source]
The civilization of the Eastern-Roman empire, between 331 A.D. when the capital was moved to Constantinople and up 1453 when it was conquered by the Turks. They were best known as the inventors of Greek fire.