Leaders of military adventurers in the fifteenth century. The
most noted of these brigand leaders in Italy were Guarnieri, Lando,
Francesco of Carmagnola, and Francesco Sforza. Giacomo Sforza, the son
of Francesco, married the daughter of the Duke of Milan, and succeeded
his father-in-law. The singular is Condottiere (5 syl.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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