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condottiere

[kawn-duh-tyair-ey, -tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-re]
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noun, plural con·dot·tie·ri [kawn-duh-tyair-ee; Italian kawn-dawt-tye-ree] /ˌkɔn dəˈtyɛər i; Italian ˌkɔn dɔtˈtyɛ ri/.
  1. a leader of a private band of mercenary soldiers in Italy, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  2. any mercenary; soldier of fortune.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • As for the condottieri, Vitelli and Oliverotto were dealt with that very night.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

    Raphael Sabatini

  • And that is the first hint of the revolt of the condottieri.

  • It was liked when the Condottieri invested their money in Venice, ibid.

  • He honoured Napoleon as an incarnation of force, the greatest of the condottieri.

  • The men-at-arms of the Condottieri still glittered in gilded hauberks.

    New Italian sketches

    John Addington Symonds


British Dictionary definitions for condottieri

condottiere

noun plural -ri (-riː)
  1. a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries
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Word Origin

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