landsknecht

landsknecht

[German lahnts-knekht]
noun
a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike or halberd.
Also, lansquenet.


Origin:
< German; see land, 's1, knight

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landsknecht (ˈlæntskəˌnɛkt)
 
n
a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman
 
[German, literally: landknight]

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