in Europe from the 14th to the 16th cent., a captain of a band of mercenaries
Origin of condottiereItalian from condotto, one hired from Classical Latin conductus, mercenary soldier from past participle of conducere, to hire, lead together (see conduce); influenced, influence in Italian by condotta, leadership from same Classical Latin source
A leader of mercenary soldiers between the 14th and 16th centuries.
Origin of condottiereItalian from condotta troop of mercenaries from feminine past participle of condurre to conduct from Latin condūcere to lead together ; see conduce .
(plural condottieres or condottieri)
From Italian condottiere.