Meaning of mercenary

mer•ce•nar•y

Pronunciation: (mûr'su-ner"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -nar•ies.
—adj.
  1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
  2. hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc.
—n.
  1. a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.
  2. any hireling.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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