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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  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 warlordism



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

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