noun lans·que·net \¦lan(t)skə¦net, -anzk-, -kə¦nā\

Definition of lansquenet



  1. 1 :  a German foot soldier in foreign service in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries :  a mercenary foot soldier

  2. 2 :  a card game similar to faro played in central Europe since the 15th century or before

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Origin and Etymology of lansquenet

French, modification of German landsknecht, from Middle High German landskneht, from lands (genitive of lant land, country, province, from Old High German) + kneht boy, youth, foot soldier, from Old High German, boy, youth, military follower — more at land, knight

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