condottiere

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noun con·dot·tie·re \ˌkän-də-ˈtyer-ē, ˌkän-ˌdä-tē-ˈer-\

Definition of condottiere

plural

condottieri

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  1. 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. 2 :  a mercenary soldier

Origin and Etymology of condottiere

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


First Known Use: 1794


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