[kawn-duh-tyair-ey, -tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-re]

noun, plural con·dot·tie·ri [kawn-duh-tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-ree] /ˌkɔn dəˈtyɛər i; Italian ˌkɔn dɔtˈtyɛ ri/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for condottiere

Historical Examples of condottiere

  • The veteran Condottiere himself was no longer so scrupulous.

    The History of Pendennis

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • "The Condottiere" represents the fighting spirit of the Middle Ages.

    Watts (1817-1904)

    William Loftus Hare

  • The Condottiere burst into a roar of laughter so violent that he had to lean against the mud wall, and hold his sides.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Seeing that the indignation of her mistress merely amused the condottiere the dwarf took a cajoling tone.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

  • Henry of Navarre shall in reality be nothing but your condottiere, and I will not be exigeante.

    Romance of Roman Villas

    Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney

British Dictionary definitions for condottiere


noun plural -ri (-riː)

a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries

Word Origin for condottiere

C18: from Italian, from condotto leadership, from condurre to lead, from Latin condūcere; see conduct
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