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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a class of mercenary foot-soldiers or pikemen who in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries formed a large proportion of both the German and French armies.
  • noun A game at cards. It is played by an unlimited number of persons against a banker, with one or more packs of cards. Bets laid on cards as they are dealt go to the banker or to the players according as these cards match with others considered as belonging to one side or the other. The game admits of much trickery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A German foot soldier in foreign service in the 15th and 16th centuries; a soldier of fortune; -- a term used in France and Western Europe.
  • noun A game at cards, vulgarly called lambskinnet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical Any of a class of German mercenaries in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • noun A card game, used for gambling.

Etymologies

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From French lansquenet, from German Landsknecht, from Land + Knecht.

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