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

Origin of warlord

First recorded in 1855–60; war1 + lord
Related formswar·lord·ism, noun
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  • 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.

    Once Upon A Planet

    J. J. Allerton

  • The warlord waved a hand, and as if by magic the court was emptied but for the guards who never left their posts.

    Once Upon A Planet

    J. J. Allerton

  • 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)

British Dictionary definitions for warlord


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for warlord

1856, from war (n.) + lord (n.). Often a translation of German Kriegsherr or Chinese junfa.

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