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