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Pintel holding a parasol.

A parasol was a canopy designed to protect against rain or sunlight. While making a distraction during the cursed crew's surprise attack on the Dauntless, Pintel and Ragetti used parasols to hide their cursed appearances.


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"Letters of Marque. You will offer what amounts to a full pardon. Jack will be free, a privateer in the employ of England."
Cutler Beckett to Will Turner[src]

The action of an executive official of the government that mitigates or sets aside the punishment for a crime. Cutler Beckett attempted to give Jack Sparrow a full pardon with the Letters of Marque. Hector Barbossa also accepted a pardon from King George II after the War Against Piracy.


"Parley. I invoke the right of parley. According to the Code of the Brethren, set down by the pirates Morgan and Bartholomew, you have to take me to your captain."
Elizabeth Swann[src]
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A term used to attempt to negotiate a conflict rather than fight. According to the Pirate Code, when under Parley, an enemy cannot be harmed until the Parley is completed and the person returned to place of origin. From the French verb parlez (to speak).


Jack Sparrow's hallucination discovers a peanut.

"My peanut."
Jack Sparrow[src]

The peanut, or groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), is a species in the legume or "bean" family (Fabaceae).


"The Wicked Wench is like your pearl of great price."
"It’s from the Bible, Jack. A parable Jesus told his disciples, about a merchant who saw a perfect pearl, the most wonderful, beautiful one in the whole world, but very costly. The merchant had to have this thing that was so perfect, so he sold everything he had so he could possess it.
Robert Greene and Jack Sparrow[src]

A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusc. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.

Peg leg[]

Hector Barbossa's peg leg.

A peg leg is a wooden leg, usually tapered, strapped onto the stump of an amputated leg. Several individuals, some mainly being pirates, wore peg legs. Hector Barbossa had lost his right leg and begun wearing a peg leg prior to becoming a privateer.


"That chest must be worth more than a shiny penny."
Pintel to Ragetti[src]

A penny is a coin (pl. pennies) or a type of currency (pl. pence) used in the British Empire. It is often the smallest denomination within a currency system.


"Aye, the perfidious rotter led a mutiny against us!"
Joshamee Gibbs concerning Will Turner[src]

Deceitful and untrustworthy.


"By the way, no, I've never actually met Pizarro but I love his pies."
Jack Sparrow to Scarlett[src]

A baked dish of fruit, or meat and vegetables, typically with a top and base of pastry.

Piece of Eight[]

The Spanish piece of eight.

"A piece of eight. Nine of them, you say?"
"Our new friend in Singapore was very specific, sir.
Nine pieces of eight."
"What's the significance of that, I wonder?
Cutler Beckett and Ian Mercer[src]

Term used in reference to the Spanish Dollar; commonly associated with pirate treasure;[1] the term given to the nine objects of the Pirate Lords used to bind, and later release, Calypso.[2]


"Do you have any idea how difficult it was to catch that filthy pig? Not the big one. The four-legged one."
Jack Sparrow to Blackbeard[src]

Gibbs in a pig pen

Any of several mammals of the genus Sus, having cloven hooves, bristles and a nose adapted for digging; especially the domesticated farm animal Sus scrofa. It can also refer to a nasty or disgusting person; a dirty or slovenly person.


"Port tariffs, berthing fees, wharf handling, and Heaven help us, pilotage!"

The technique or act of piloting; a pilot's fee. [1]


"So. This is the path you've chosen, is it? After all, he is a blacksmith."
No. He's a pirate.
Weatherby Swann and Elizabeth Swann concerning Will Turner[src]

An outlaw who robs ships. Captains Jack Sparrow, Hector Barbossa, Blackbeard and Sao Feng were among the many pirates during the Age of Piracy.

A pirate brand on Jack Sparrow's arm.

Pirate brand[]

"I intend to see to it that any man who sails under a pirate flag, or wears a pirate brand, gets what he deserves: a short drop and a sudden stop."
Lieutenant James Norrington[src]

A mark of a pirate; a punishment for many crimes. Jack Sparrow was forever branded a pirate after refusing to transport slaves for the East India Trading Company.

Pirate hunter[]

A person commissioned by the authorities to hunt pirates, usually a naval officer or a privateer.

Pirate Queen[]

"What do you have to negotiate with, Mr. Sparrow?"
"Only my humble self, lovely pirate queen.
Esmeralda and Jack Sparrow[src]

An unofficial title used by powerful female pirates like Laura Smith and Esmeralda Maria Consuela Anna de Sevilla.

Pirates of the Caribbean[]

"We've got the wind on our side, boys, and that's all we need!"
"Hoist the colors! Today, we are...the Pirates of the Caribbean!
Joshamee Gibbs and Elizabeth Swann[src]

One of Disney's biggest franchises, which include a theme park attraction and a film series. It's abbreviated as POTC, PotC or just the word Pirates.

Pirates of the Caribbean Online[]

An online game based on the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. It's abbreviated as POTCO, PotCo or Pirates Online.


"I want fifty percent of your plunder."
Hector Barbossa and Jack Sparrow[src]
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To take booty; rob. Anything that could be stolen to be sold on at a profit.[3]


"It's poisoned."
There would be no sense to be killing you, Miss Turner.
Elizabeth Swann and Hector Barbossa[src]

A substance that causes injury, illness, or death.


"Borya gave up the second rogue that Davy Jones spoke of? The one he said was here in Shipwreck Cove? Who...who was it?"
"Turns out it was that popinjay, styles himself de Rapièr.
Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa[src]

A conceited, foppish, or excessively talkative person.


" 'Poppycock'?"
"I never said 'Poppycock' before."
"I never even
thought 'Poppycock'."
"Just then, you did."
"I did not.
Jack Sparrow's hallucinations and Jack Sparrow himself[src] (deleted scene)

Foolish talk; nonsense.

Por favor[]

"Señorita. The Chalices, por favor."
The Spaniard to Angelica[src]

Por favor, a Spanish term for "please".


Port has two different meanings:

  • Port Royal

    A place on the coast at which ships can shelter, or dock to load and unload cargo or passengers; also used to name the town or city containing such a place, for example Port Royal.[4]
  • The nautical term of the left-hand side of a vessel.


Abbreviation for Pirates of the Caribbean. Also abbreviated as PotC or Pirates.


Abbreviation for Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Also abbreviated as PotCo or Pirates Online.

Pot calling the kettle black[]

"You look awful."
"Granted. But you're still naïve. Jack just wants Elizabeth for himself."
"Pot. Kettle. Black.
Will Turner, James Norrington and Jack Sparrow[src]

A situation in which somebody comments on or accuses someone else of a fault which the accuser shares.


"Generally, when EITC employees save the company money, I award them a nice bonus. Say, ten pounds."
Cutler Beckett to Jack Sparrow[src]

The pound sterling, commonly called the pound, is the official currency of the Great Britain and the British Empire. It is subdivided into 100 pence (singular: penny).

Powder monkey[]

"Before I was ’pressed by our estimable Royal Navy to be a powder monkey, I used to ride the horses on my father’s farm."
Robert Greene to Jack Sparrow[src]

A powder boy or powder monkey manned naval artillery guns as a member of a warship's crew.


"Dearly beloved, we be gathered here today—to nail yer gizzard to the mast, ye poxy cur!"
Hector Barbossa[src]

Slang for a person deemed worthless and contemptible; literally to be infected with a pox. [2]


"When the mast came down... I knew that I would die. As I lay here, I prayed to my god... Apedemak. In answer... to my prayer... he granted me a vision. He promised me... he would send... send me... a good man. And then... I saw... your face... in my vision."
Taharka to Jack Sparrow[src]

A devout petition to a deity or an object of worship.


"Marie is with child. It is no wonder she goes from laughter to tears by the moment. From what I have heard, that often happens."
"She's going to have a baby?"
"Yes, isn't that wonderful? Steve will be so happy when he finds out.
Esmeralda and Jack Sparrow[src]

Pregnancy is the fertilization and development of one or more offspring, known as an embryo or fetus, in a woman's uterus.


The hanging corpse of the priest of the Isla Cruces church.

"Besides... didn’t those Egyptian priests have magical powers? You want to talk about curses, mon ami..."
Christophe-Julien de Rapièr to Jack Sparrow[src]

A person authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities.


"So where has he been keeping himself?"
"I asked him, but he wouldn’t say. Prison? That doesn’t seem likely, all these years. And it’s not as though they lock us up.
Eduardo Villanueva and Don Rafael[src]

Jack in prison

A facility in which people are physically confined and deprived of a range of personal freedoms, generally as a form of punishment that has been forcibly imposed upon them by the state.


Blackbeard kept every ship he captured as a prize.

"You heard the pirates in the mirror. They say the Black Pearl is the fastest ship in the entire ocean."
"Yes. What an excellent prize it will make. A reward for all the trouble I’ve gone to.
Barbara Huntington and Benedict Huntington[src]

A term used in admiralty law to refer to equipment, vehicles, vessels, and cargo captured during armed conflict. The most common use of prize in this sense is the capture of an enemy ship and her cargo as a prize of war. The capturing force would commonly be allotted a share of the worth of the captured prize. Nations often granted letters of marque that would entitle private parties to capture enemy property, usually ships. Once the ship was secured on friendly territory, she would be made the subject of a prize case, an in rem proceeding in which the court determined the status of the condemned property and the manner in which the property was to be disposed of.


Scarlett and Giselle were rumored to be prostitutes.

Prostitutes were women who provided sexual services in return for payment.


"Go! Survey the damage! And then storm the Misty Lady and retrieve for me that lowlife, Captain Teague, and his pint-sized protégé."
Lawrence Norrington[src]

A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced person or mentor. When he was young Jack Sparrow was called Captain Teague's protégé by both Admiral Lawrence Norrington and the Pirate Lord Mistress Ching.


"I say it was Divine Providence, what escaped us from jail."

The manifestation of divine care or direction. [3]


"There is a prophecy. Maybe you don't believe in the supernatural."
"Oh, no, no. I've seen a thing or two."
"The prophecy is this: Blackbeard will meet his death, within a fortnight, at the hands of a one-legged man. That's why he needs the Fountain, Jack.
Angelica and Jack Sparrow[src]

A prediction, especially one made by a prophet or under divine inspiration. The Quartermaster of the Queen Anne's Revenge was known to have the ability to see things before they happen, after being zombiefied, thereby making prophecies. He prophesied Blackbeard's death at the hands of a one-legged man.


"Fact is, you're signing up men tonight, pub called Captain's Daughter."
Joshamee Gibbs and Jack Sparrow[src]

A tavern, which was essentially the same as a pub

A public house, where beverages, primarily alcoholic, may be bought and drunk. Many pubs also provide food and/or entertainment. Notable pubs included the Captain's Daughter in London.[5] Pubs were sometimes referred to as taverns.


"Never thought Jack the type to be afraid of dying."
"Aye, but with Jones, it ain't about the dying—it's about the punishment. Think of the worst fate you can conjure for yourself, stretching on forever...and that's what awaits you in Davy Jones's Locker.
Will Turner and Joshamee Gibbs[src]

A penalty to punish wrongdoing, especially for crime. A suffering by pain or loss imposed as retribution. Any treatment or experience so harsh it feels like being punished. Those who go to Davy Jones' Locker have to deal with punishment that stretches on forever.

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