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Borrowed from French lansquenet, from German Landsknecht, from Lands (of the land) + Knecht (servant).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɑːnskəˌnɛt/, /ˈlanskəˌnɛt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌlænskəˈnɛt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛt


lansquenet (countable and uncountable, plural lansquenets)

  1. (countable, historical) Any of a class of German mercenaries of the 15th and 16th centuries, most of whom were pikemen and foot soldiers.
    • 1855, Gottfried Keller; A.M. Holt (translator), Green Henry, Calder Publications, page 440:
      [] arising out of this festival there was established an individual lansquenet tradition, in speech and outward appearance, and the bare, sunburnt necks of the vagabond soldiers, their baggy garments hanging in shreds, and their short swords, could be seen all over the country for long afterwards.
    • 1999, Mike Mitchell, translating HJC von Grimmelshausen, Simplicissimus, Dedalus 2016, p. 52:
      Ruthless killing, wanton strife / Add up to a lanzknecht’s life.
  2. (uncountable) A card game, used for gambling.