[German lahnts-knekht]

Origin of landsknecht

From German; see origin at land, 's1, knight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for landsknecht


  1. a mercenary foot soldier in late 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century Europe, esp a German pikeman

Word Origin for landsknecht

German, literally: landknight
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