[kawn-duh-tyair-ey, -tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-re]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for condottieri
As for the condottieri, Vitelli and Oliverotto were dealt with that very night.
And that is the first hint of the revolt of the condottieri.
It was liked when the Condottieri invested their money in Venice, ibid.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
He honoured Napoleon as an incarnation of force, the greatest of the condottieri.A History of French Literature
The men-at-arms of the Condottieri still glittered in gilded hauberks.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
- a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries
C18: from Italian, from condotto leadership, from condurre to lead, from Latin condūcere; see conduct
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