Les Gueux

Les Gueux

[ley gœ]
noun
1.
a league of Dutch and Flemish patriots, composed chiefly of nobles and formed in 1566 to resist the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition into the Netherlands.
2.
(later) any of various Dutch or Flemish partisan groups organized to gain independence for the Netherlands from Spain.

Origin:
< French: literally, the beggars

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