Definition of mercenary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

mercenary

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈmɜːsənəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrsəneri//
 
The army
 
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(pl. mercenaries) a soldier who will fight for any country or group that offers payment foreign mercenaries mercenary soldiers See related entries: The army Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin mercenarius ‘hireling’, from merces, merced- ‘reward’.Extra examples Six years ago, he became a mercenary for a private military corporation. a small army of mercenaries Swiss pikemen fought as mercenaries in the armies of many European states.
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