landsknecht

[ German lahnts-knekht ]
/ German ˈlɑntsˌknɛxt /

noun

a European mercenary foot soldier of the 16th century, armed with a pike or halberd.

Origin of landsknecht

From German; see origin at land, 's1, knight
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landsknecht

/ (ˈlæntskəˌnɛkt) /

noun

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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