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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A leader of mercenary soldiers between the 14th and 16th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mercenary military leader from 14th century Italy and later in other parts of Europe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A military adventurer of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who sold his services, and those of his followers, to any party in any contest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Italian hist, one of a class of professional military captains in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who raised troops and sold their services to warring states and princes.

Etymologies

Italian, from condotta, troop of mercenaries, from feminine past participle of condurre, to conduct, from Latin condūcere, to lead together; see conduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

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