condottiere

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

Definition of condottiere

plural condottieri play \ˌkän-də-ˈtyer-ē, ˌkän-ˌdä-tē-ˈer-\
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

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


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