Condottiere meaning

kŏndə-tyârē, -tyârā
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A leader of mercenary soldiers between the 14th and 16th centuries.
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In Europe from the 14th to the 16th cent., a captain of a band of mercenaries.
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A mercenary military leader from 14th century Italy and later in other parts of Europe.
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Origin of condottiere

  • Italian from condotta troop of mercenaries from feminine past participle of condurre to conduct from Latin condūcere to lead together conduce

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian condottiere.

    From Wiktionary