Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A leader or member of a troop of mercenaries, especially in Italy.
soldier of fortune, professional soldier, hired soldier, hirelingView synonyms
- ‘Confronted by condottieri like Werner of Urslingen, the justifiably self-styled ‘Enemy of God, Pity, and Mercy,’ governments usually coughed up.’
- ‘The situation reminds us of fifteenth-century Italy, where casualty-averse mercenary condottieri conducted protracted and nearly bloodless warfare.’
- ‘The inhabitants were greatly cheered by the arrival in January 1453 of the Genoese condottieri, who braved the Turkish blockade and got through with his two ships and about 700 men.’
- ‘These organizations ultimately developed in Italy as condottieri (literally, military contractors), who offered their services to the highest bidder.’
- ‘When do they start to switch sides to the highest bidder, like condottieri did?’
Italian, from condotto ‘troop under contract’, from condotta ‘a contract’, from condurre ‘conduct’, from Latin conducere (see conduct).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.