from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to Hesse or its inhabitants.
- n. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.
- n. A German mercenary in the British army in America during the Revolutionary War.
- n. A mercenary soldier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, from or relating to Hesse in Germany.
- proper n. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.
- proper n. A mercenary soldier, especially a German one who fought with the British in the American Revolutionary War.
- n. A boot with a low heel and semi-pointed toe, which became popular, initially among the military, in the 18th century.
- n. Burlap, jute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to Hesse, in Germany, or to the Hessians.
- n. A native or inhabitant of Hesse.
- n. A mercenary or venal person.
- n. See Hessian boots and cloth, under Hessian, a.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to Hesse in Germany, or to the Hessians.
- n. A native or an inhabitant of Hesse in Germany.
- n. In the United States, as a term of reproach, a mercenary; a military or political hireling: from the employment of Hessian troops as mercenaries by the British government in the American revolution.
- n. plural A kind of long boots originally worn by Hessian soldiers; Hessian boots.
- n. plural A kind of coarse cloth, made of hemp, or, in modern times, of a mixture of hemp and jute, and used principally for bagging.
- n. In mathematics, a functional determinant whose constituents are the second differential coefficients of a quantic, arranged in regular order.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (19th century) a man's high tasseled boot
Every drop of hard-water we consumed had to be brought to our doors and paid for by the "Hessian" or bucket.
This sudden change in Catherine's attitude, which without doubt was the result of court intrigue,  filled the English king with mortification and disappointment, and compelled him to seek assistance where he finally obtained it -- in the petty states of the "Hessian" princes.
Charles Fox took a like view of the situation, and between him and Burke the word "Hessian" reached America with a taint upon it which a century of use has not been able to disinfect.
The administration has, however, been able thus far, by its enormous patronage and its lavish expenditures to seduce, or by its legions of "Hessian" mercenaries to overawe, the masses, to control the elections, and to establish an arbitrary despotism.
He rubbed his hands with delight as he contemplated the prospect of driving the "Hessian" fleet from the river, and starving the Union army out of its position.
New York had already been lost to the British, armies of redcoats and Hessian mercenaries were poised to cut off New England, and British plans were afoot to conquer Philadelphia and crush the rebellion.
My mom came up with the idea from a jewellery store, she took Hessian and edged a piece wrapping the top over a wooden stick, then attach a hanger to it to hang in your cupboard.
In fact, it is said that the Hessian troops were defeated by Washington because their Christmas trees reminded them of home and they left their guard posts to celebrate while Washington was crossing the Delaware river and surprised them.
History and myth resonate here besides the Rockefellers: the Headless Horseman, Hessian troops, Indian guides, the Putnam Railroad.
Washington's surprise crossing of the Delaware and capture of a Hessian army at Trenton saved the American Revolution.
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