the revolt of the peasants of northern France against the nobles in 1358.
(lowercase) any peasant revolt.

< French, Middle French, equivalent to jaque(s) peasant (after Jacques, a name thought to be typical of peasants) + -rie -ry

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Jacquerie (ʒakri)
the revolt of the N French peasants against the nobility in 1358
[C16: from Old French: the peasantry, from jacque a peasant, from Jacques James, from Late Latin Jacōbus]

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1523, from M.Fr., from O.Fr. jaquerie "peasants or villeins collectively," from Jacques, the proper name, which is used as Jack is used in Eng., in the sense of "any common fellow." So, also, "the rising of the northern Fr. peasants against the nobles, 1357-8."
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insurrection of peasants against the nobility in northeastern France in 1358-so named from the nobles' habit of referring contemptuously to any peasant as Jacques, or Jacques Bonhomme

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