warlord

noun war·lord \ ˈwȯr-ˌlȯrd \

Definition of warlord

1 :a supreme military leader
2 :a military commander exercising civil power by force usually in a limited area

warlordism

play \ˈwȯr-ˌlȯr-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

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First Known Use of warlord

1856


WARLORD Defined for English Language Learners

warlord

noun

Definition of warlord for English Language Learners

  • : a leader of a military group who is not officially recognized and who fights against other leaders, groups, or governments


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