hessian

noun
hes·​sian | \ ˈhe-shən How to pronounce hessian (audio) \

Definition of hessian

1 capitalized
a : a native of Hesse
b : a German mercenary serving in the British forces during the American Revolution broadly : a mercenary soldier
2 chiefly British : burlap

Examples of hessian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remember that iconic image of Washington crossing the Delaware to make a surprise attack on the Hessians? Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Shipwreck Identified as Rare Canal Boat," 4 May 2017 A gust of wind lifted a roadside hessian screen, revealing Hitler’s army, mustered for the invasion. vanityfair.com, "Donald Trump’s White House Takes a Nixonian Turn," 24 Jan. 2017 A gust of wind lifted a roadside hessian screen, revealing Hitler’s army, mustered for the invasion. The Hive, "Donald Trump’s White House Takes a Nixonian Turn," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of hessian

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Hessian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hessian. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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