Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (kŏn′də-tyâr′ē, -tyâr′ā)
n. pl. con·dot·tie·ri (-tyâr′ē)
A leader of mercenary soldiers between the 14th and 16th centuries.

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


n, pl -ri (-riː)
(Military) a commander or soldier in a professional mercenary company in Europe from the 13th to the 16th centuries
[C18: from Italian, from condotto leadership, from condurre to lead, from Latin condūcere; see conduct]


(ˌkɒn dəˈtyɛər eɪ, -ˈtyɛər i)

n., pl. -tie•ri (-ˈtyɛər i)
1. a leader of a private band of mercenary soldiers in Italy, esp. in the 14th and 15th centuries.
2. any mercenary; soldier of fortune.
[1785–95; < Italian, <condott(o) < Latin conductus hired man]
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
He felt himself caught; but, precisely, because he was caught he felt himself on the road to discovery, and it little imported to him, old condottiere as he was, to be beaten in appearance, provided he drew from his pretended defeat the advantages of victory.
I only know that in the afternoon, when the air was aglow with the sunset, I was standing before the church of Saints John and Paul and looking up at the small square-jawed face of Bartolommeo Colleoni, the terrible condottiere who sits so sturdily astride of his huge bronze horse, on the high pedestal on which Venetian gratitude maintains him.
34) In his Vita del conte e senatore Andrea Bentivoglio, Sabadino degli Arienti maintains that although Andrea could have become a condottiere, Ludovico explicitly wanted to keep his son away from a position of power ("volle lui urbanamente vivesse senza mormorazione di alcuno; conciofossecche sempre egli aveva fuggito tale stato e quello gli andava dietro" 13).
Dosso Dossi's Condottiere at the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard shows a warrior, menacingly armed yet dreamy of aspect, sporting a large, flashy red hat.
Within the 'square of wonders' rises the bronze equestrian statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, a famous 15th century condottiere (defender of the republic).
Sembra che per dar tregua ai nostri mali la Patria ci mandi la massima delle sue arpe, il piu numeroso dei suoi strumenti: l'orchestra delle orchestre, condotta da un condottiere prode che i nostri antichi avrebbero chiamato il Sinfoniaco, come quegli che su le navi armate batteva il ritmo di battaglia.
Having sneaked on Andrea Doria's ship, a stowaway, Nino is eventually exposed and his only chance of survival is that of convincing the condottiere of his good intentions, and this in only two minutes.
The most famous condottiere John Hawkwood who employed the new war tactics of Edward III died in Florence and was buried in the Duomo.
But, it was the time of condottiere, too, and the first name the history withheld was described as a "condottiere letters.
Ludovico's return to Milan in September 1479 revitalized the plans for the bronze, as did the deliberations of the Venetian Senate in July 1479 on the erection of a comparable statue in honor of the condottiere Bartolommeo Colleoni of Bergamo, for which Verrocchio, Leonardo's teacher, was subsequently invited to submit a model.
1435-88), with his equestrian statue of the condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni in the Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, fully met the challenge (Fig.
He is in fact, a nobleman: the "principe de Varese" and descendent of a well-known Venetian condottiere.