- 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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