a leader of a private band of mercenary soldiers in Italy, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries.
any mercenary; soldier of fortune.
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How to use condottiere in a sentence
Meeting with the band of Oldrado Sampuynano, the condottiere, she enlisted under his banner.Female Warriors, Vol. I (of 2) | Ellen C. Clayton
He's a species of condottiere; we can buy his allegiance with his service: and we must forego the sentimental objection.The Quality of Mercy | W. D. Howells
But he was really little more than a condottiere, and his orthodoxy was suspect.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
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
a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries
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