lansquenet

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

Definition of lansquenet

1 : a German foot soldier in foreign service in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries : a mercenary foot soldier
2 : a card game similar to faro played in central Europe since the 15th century or before

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Lansquenet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lansquenet. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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