noun (plural condottieri pronunc. same)historical
A leader or member of a troop of mercenaries, especially in Italy.
More example sentences
- The situation reminds us of fifteenth-century Italy, where casualty-averse mercenary condottieri conducted protracted and nearly bloodless warfare.
- These organizations ultimately developed in Italy as condottieri (literally, military contractors), who offered their services to the highest bidder.
- Confronted by condottieri like Werner of Urslingen, the justifiably self-styled ‘Enemy of God, Pity, and Mercy,’ governments usually coughed up.
Italian, from condotto 'troop under contract', from condotta 'a contract', from condurre 'conduct', from Latin conducere (see conduct).
Definition of condottiere in:
- The US English dictionary