- 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.
- (later) any of various Dutch or Flemish partisan groups organized to gain independence for the Netherlands from Spain.
Origin of Les Gueux
< French: literally, the beggars
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Examples from the Web for gueux
They and the Gueux appeared locked together in a deadly embrace.The Golden Grasshopper
At last it came into the head of one of them to cry, "Long live the Gueux!"The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete
The region of Gueux—Thillois—Champigny was terribly ravaged by the war.
During this siege the Gueux had been again successful at sea.
Henceforth those who upheld the rights of the people and resisted the Inquisition were known as Gueux.The Spell of Belgium