[ wawr-lawrd ]
/ ˈwɔrˌlɔrd /


a military leader, especially of a warlike nation.
a military commander who has seized power, especially in one section of a country.

Origin of warlord

First recorded in 1855–60; war1 + lord

Related forms

war·lord·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for warlord


/ (ˈwɔːˌlɔːd) /


a military leader of a nation or part of a nation, esp one who is accountable to nobody when the central government is weakthe Chinese warlords
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