Definition of warlord in English:



  • A military commander, especially an aggressive regional commander with individual autonomy.

    • ‘Mr Taylor emerged the strongest warlord from that conflict and won presidential elections the following year.’
    • ‘The real struggle now is to bring the warlords together to manage the peace.’
    • ‘An Anglo-Saxon ruler of this period was above all else a warlord, a dryhten, as the Old-English sources put it.’
    • ‘Renegade warlords and militants now control much of the main island of Guadalcanal.’
    • ‘Last week Karzai threatened to resign unless regional warlords paid more revenue into central government coffers.’
    • ‘The shipowners often draw up contracts with local officials, clan elders or regional warlords.’
    • ‘The warlords already control several small but important enclaves across Afghanistan.’
    • ‘The analogy was that this was a nation ruled by twelve regional warlords.’
    • ‘Somaliland, in the north, and Puntland, in the north east, are in the hands of autonomous warlords.’
    • ‘Somalia has been destroyed as a country, it has been torn into patches which are run by rebel armies of tribal warlords.’
    • ‘The warlord was in Central Asia, in the region along the old border of Afghanistan and China.’
    • ‘Opium is grown freely in the countryside and gathered by farmers who sell it to factories employed by, or paying off, the local warlord.’
    • ‘Just handing over the country to the warlords of the Northern Alliance once the war against the Taliban is won would be a kind of betrayal.’
    • ‘Anything that threatened the interests of the regional warlords would be vetoed.’
    • ‘The regional and local warlords who were the key allies of the US against the Taliban are not advocates of women's rights.’
    • ‘Witnesses have told an Old Bailey jury they were imprisoned in a blood-stained room and beaten under the command of an Afghan warlord.’
    • ‘The US is buying off regional warlords and militia commanders for a variety of reasons.’
    • ‘Some are the personal armies of aspiring warlords, out to conquer as much territory as they can and hold it by force.’
    • ‘These networks soon recruited tribal warlords and mobilised tribal extended families.’
    • ‘President Charles Taylor is a former warlord who seized power and then was elected to it.’