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- (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.
- 2013, Simon Winder, Danubia, Picador 2014, p. 55:
- I have never really been outdoorsy enough to make a mercenary landsknecht, although their immense two-handed swords, flowing moustaches and puffed-silk slashed sleeves take some beating.
- (uncountable) A card game, used for gambling.
German mercenary of the 15th or 16th century
gambling card game
lansquenet f (plural lansquenets)