[[t]ˈmɜr səˌnɛr i[/t]] adj. n. pl. -nar•ies
1) working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal
2) hired to serve in a foreign army
3) mil a soldier hired to serve in a foreign army
4) any hireling
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME mercenarie < L mercēnnārius hired worker, akin to mercēs wage mer`ce•nar′i•ly -ˈnɛər ə li adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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