noun (plural routiers pronounced same)
1A member of a band of mercenaries in France in the late medieval period: the widely scattered bands of plundering routiers
More example sentences
- Soon would appear the routiers, mercenary armies that served one king or the other or, when neither king could pay, would roam the countryside in search of plunder.
- As the Hundred Years' War more serious, and especially as more and more routiers spread warfare everywhere, it became more desirable to leave Avignon.
- In the 11th and 12th centuries the Low Countries were a prime recruiting ground for mercenary troops, or routiers.
French, from route 'road'.
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