war·​lord | \ ˈwȯr-ˌlȯrd How to pronounce warlord (audio) \

Definition of warlord

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

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Other Words from warlord

warlordism \ ˈwȯr-​ˌlȯr-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce warlordism (audio) \ noun

Examples of warlord in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tangle of espionage and tribal infighting eventually drew in the very same military units that had helped empower the warlords in the first place. Staff Reports, USA TODAY, "One security company, three warlords and dozens of dead Afghan children," 30 Dec. 2019 The tangle of espionage and tribal infighting eventually drew in the very same military units that had helped empower the warlords in the first place. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 An ornate sword that belonged to a 15th-century warlord in Muslim Spain was digitized in stunning 3-D earlier this year. Fox News, "3,200-year-old sword discovered among the stones of mysterious ancient monument," 19 Dec. 2019 Riven by feuding tribes and implacable warlords, the country had a volatile history of coups, assassinations and civil wars. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, "Officials reveal how massive rebuilding projects in Afghanistan failed," 9 Dec. 2019 Since embracing a peace agreement and returning to the Afghan capital, Hekmatyar seems to be avoiding any clashes with the country’s many warlords. San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Interview: From warlord to Afghan presidential candidate," 25 Sep. 2019 Russians shuttled warlords to peace talks with the government, helping lead to a deal with more than a dozen armed groups to stop fighting. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "Gems, Warlords and Mercenaries: Russia’s Playbook in Central African Republic," 30 Sep. 2019 His warlord of a manager, Elliott Roberts, in what seems to me a startling act of managerial magnanimity, was right behind him. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Neil Young’s Boring, Prophetic Message to Readers," 28 Sep. 2019 Among the second-tier candidates is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deeply conservative former warlord. Rahim Faiez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "At a glance: Key factors in Afghanistan’s tense election," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of warlord

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Warlord.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warlord. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of warlord

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

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