- 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
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Examples from the Web for warlord
Dostum is a warlord par excellence and a classic product of Afghan politics, which is both local and volatile.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
He was a Burmese national—resistance fighter, drug smuggler, kidnapper, warlord.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord
April 17, 2014
Adventurer journalist Robert Young Pelton is crowdfunding a trip to find African warlord Joseph Kony.
Pelton says he has been tracking the warlord through his many personal contacts on the ground since 1993.
Indeed, in April of this year, the United States offered a reward of $5 million a head for the warlord and some of his top aides.
Be that as it may, however, the important thing is that Miotis was the name of this warlord, whatever one may feel about his name.
The warlord waved a hand, and as if by magic the court was emptied but for the guards who never left their posts.
You deny any knowledge of the Warlord battleship that is being built from these modified plans.The Misplaced Battleship
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
- 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
Word Origin and History for warlord
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper