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.
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|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Hessian muttered something in German, and Grant dropped the point of his sword with an oath.My Lady of Doubt|Randall Parrish
Desiring arrangements to be made for the subsistence of the Hessian recruits.
I served my time with the Hessian dragoons before I came to Strasburg.The Garden of Swords|Max Pemberton
The Hessian boots with curved front and tassel at the top were still worn.Dress design|Talbot Hughes
“You have been served just right,” remarked the intruder with the Hessian boots.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
British Dictionary definitions for hessian (1 of 2)
Word Origin for hessian
British Dictionary definitions for hessian (2 of 2)
- a Hessian soldier in any of the mercenary units of the British Army in the War of American Independence or the Napoleonic Wars
- US any German mercenary in the British Army during the War of American Independence
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.