noun, plural mer·ce·nar·ies.
- mercator sailing,
- mercator track,
- mercer island,
Origin of mercenary
Examples from the Web for mercenary
As a former agent himself, Horrigan hopes to disabuse renters of the notion that brokers are mercenary con artists.
“I did not have enough money to bribe the judge, so I decided to become a mercenary,” Mozhayev told a local reporter.
The scene ends with a Street Fighter-like battle between Captain America and a mercenary.How ‘Captain America’ Almost Got It Right but Ended Up Being a Dud|Sujay Kumar|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By mid-to-late evening, there was overwhelming evidence that Russia was using a mix of mercenary and conscript forces.
A dreamy, blue-eyed rebel is approached by a mercenary wearing a scary mask.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It|Amy Zimmerman|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If she took money from him—the mercenary, painted baggage I—why, then, she'll take it from me.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
John Boler was not mercenary, but this offer gave him keen delight.A Thoughtless Yes|Helen H. Gardener
Delamere, chancellor of the exchequer, promoted in the sequel to the rank of earl of Warrington, was close and mercenary.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
With them the mercenary and the pecuniary are ever distinct from the religious.Patchwork|Anna Balmer Myers
He had only two love affairs; 220 the first brought him the reputation of mercenary aims, and the second almost ruined his life.Graham of Claverhouse|Ian Maclaren
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for mercenary
late 14c., "one who works only for hire," from Old French mercenaire "mercenary, hireling" (13c.) and directly from Latin mercenarius "one who does anything for pay," literally "hired, paid," from merces (genitive mercedis) "pay, reward, wages," from merx (see market (n.)).
1530s, from mercenary (n.), or in part from Latin mercenarius "hired, paid, serving for pay."