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[kawn-duh-tyair-ey, -tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-re] /ˌkɔn dəˈtyɛər eɪ, -ˈtyɛər i; Italian ˌkɔn dɔtˈtyɛ rɛ/
noun, plural condottieri
[kawn-duh-tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-ree] /ˌkɔn dəˈtyɛər i; Italian ˌkɔn dɔtˈtyɛ ri/ (Show IPA)
a leader of a private band of mercenary soldiers in Italy, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries.
any mercenary; soldier of fortune.
Origin of condottiere
1785-95; < Italian, equivalent to condott(o) (< Latin conductus hired man, past participle of condūcere to conduce; see conduct) + -iere < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ri (-riː)
a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from condotto leadership, from condurre to lead, from Latin condūcere; see conduct
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