mercenary: Meaning and Definition of

mer•ce•nar•y

Pronunciation: (mr'su-ner"?), [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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