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lansquenet

lansquenet


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lansquenet  \Lans"que*net\,  n.  [F.,  fr  G.  landsknecht  a  foot 
  soldier,  also  a  game  of  cards  introduced  by  these  foot 
  soldiers;  land  country  +  knecht  boy,  servant.  See  {Land},  and 
  {Knight}.] 
  1.  A  German  foot  soldier  in  foreign  service  in  the  15th  and 
  16th  centuries;  a  soldier  of  fortune;  --  a  term  used  in 
  France  and  Western  Europe. 
 
  2.  A  game  at  cards,  vulgarly  called  {lambskinnet}. 
 
  [They  play]  their  little  game  of  lansquenet. 
  --Longfellow.