From French lansquenet, from German Landsknecht, from Land + Knecht.



lansquenet (plural lansquenets)

  1. (historical) Any of a class of German mercenaries in the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • 1960, AM Holt, translating Gottfried Keller, Green Henry, Calder Publications 2010, p. 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.
  2. A card game, used for gambling.
    • 2007, Choderlos de Laclos, Dangerous Liaisons, tr. Helen Constantine, p. 196:
      And so it was over the game of lansquenet that I scored my first triumph.
    • 1962, Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire:
      One could see part of the dimly lit court where under an enclosed poplar two soldiers on a stone bench were playing lansquenet.


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