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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.

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  • 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

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

Italian, from condotta, troop of mercenaries, from feminine past participle of condurre, to conduct, from Latin condūcere, to lead together; see conduce.

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