- of or relating to the state of Hesse or its inhabitants.
- a native or inhabitant of Hesse.
- a Hessian mercenary used by England during the American Revolution.
- a hireling or ruffian.
- (lowercase) burlap.
- Also called Hessian andiron. (in the U.S.) an andiron having as an upright the figure of a Hessian soldier of the Revolutionary War.
Origin of Hessian
Examples from the Web for hessian
Born in the Hessian village of Rhina in 1916, Friedel was the youngest of 16 close-knit siblings and first cousins.Survived Hitler, Returned to Germany
May 25, 2014
At one point the coach driver whipped the horses into a gallop and drove right through the Hessian army.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer
January 26, 2014
“There is a Hessian prince of high distinction,” says Huergelmer.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
Hessian camp-kettle, dug up on the battle-field of Bennington.The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775
The Hessian fly has been known to destroy as much as sixty per cent.Checking the Waste
Mary Huston Gregory
There seemed to be no doubt that the Hessian troops were advancing to attack the house.Hurricane Hurry
They were so called, I believe, from their fancied resemblance to the Hessian boots.Recollections of Old Liverpool
- a coarse jute fabric similar to sacking, used for bags, upholstery, etc
- a native or inhabitant of Hesse
- a Hessian soldier in any of the mercenary units of the British Army in the War of American Independence or the Napoleonic Wars
- USany German mercenary in the British Army during the War of American Independence
- mainly US a mercenary or ruffian
- of or relating to Hesse or its inhabitants
Word Origin and History for hessian
from former Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel, western Germany; its soldiers being hired out by the ruler to fight for other countries, especially the British during the American Revolution, the name Hessians (unjustly) became synonymous with "mercenaries." Hessian fly (Cecidomyia destructor) was a destructive parasite the ravaged U.S. crops late 18c., so named 1787 in erroneous belief that it was carried into America by the Hessians.