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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The uprising of the French peasants against the nobility in 1358.
  • n. A peasant revolt, especially a very bloody one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name given to a revolt of French peasants against the nobles in 1358, the leader assuming the contemptuous title, Jacques Bonhomme, given by the nobles to the peasantry. Hence, any revolt of peasants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In French history, a revolt of the peasants against the nobles in northern France in 1358, attended by great devastation and slaughter; hence, any insurrection of peasants.

Etymologies

French, from Old French jacquerie, peasantry, from jacques, peasant; see jacket.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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