condottiere

noun
con·​dot·​tie·​re | \ ˌkän-də-ˈtyer-ē How to pronounce condottiere (audio) , ˌkän-ˌdä-tē-ˈer- \
plural condottieri\ ˌkän-​də-​ˈtyer-​ē How to pronounce condottiere (audio) , ˌkän-​ˌdä-​tē-​ˈer-​ \

Definition of condottiere

1 : a leader of a band of mercenaries common in Europe between the 14th and 16th centuries also : a member of such a band
2 : a mercenary soldier

First Known Use of condottiere

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condottiere

Italian, from condotta troop of mercenaries, from feminine of condotto, past participle of condurre to conduct, hire, from Latin conducere

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“Condottiere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/condottiere. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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